As our Integrated Decision Approach (IDA) to energy regulation continues to change the way companies apply to carry out their energy projects, companies will need to change the way they engage with Albertans and indigenous peoples.
"Participant involvement" is an umbrella term that encompasses all interactions and communication between Albertans, indigenous peoples, industry, and the AER.
Companies Must Have a Plan
Before submitting a project application to the AER, companies must develop and implement a participant involvement plan that considers parties whose rights may be directly and adversely affected by a proposed application. As part of this plan, companies must
- distribute a project information package and required AER publications;
- respond to questions and concerns about the application; and
- discuss options, alternatives, and mitigation measures.
Early involvement and informal discussions with Albertans and indigenous communities may lead to project plans with fewer environmental, social, economic, and cultural concerns, and ultimately, projects with fewer adverse impacts.
Participant involvement does not end with our approval and issuance of a licence; rather, it must continue throughout the life cycle of an energy project.
AER Engagement Process
In fall 2017, we met with Albertans and indigenous communities across the province to understand how they wanted companies to engage with them about proposed energy development. In February 2018, a Participant Involvement Advisory Panel was established to help the AER develop enhanced participant involvement requirements under IDA using feedback from public engagement sessions that began in January 2017.
We are now reviewing the feedback from the public engagement sessions and are developing new participant involvement requirements and processes under IDA.
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In fall 2017, we met with Albertans and indigenous communities across the province to understand how they wanted companies to engage with them about proposed energy development.
We hosted several public engagement sessions across the province to gather feedback on how to update our participant involvement requirements under IDA. If you weren’t able to attend a session, check out the session event summaries.
The Participant Involvement Advisory Panel reviewed the feedback from the public engagement sessions and provided us with advice on how to update our public involvement requirements.
We will draft new participant involvement requirements and make them available on our website for public comment.
After the public comment period ends, we will review the feedback and amend the draft requirements, as needed. The updated requirements will then be submitted to the Government of Alberta for review before they are issued.