Status: Bill 36 was introduced on October 20, 2020
Ministry responsible: Energy

Overview

Bill 36: the Geothermal Resource Development Act, would build on Alberta’s strong record of responsible resource development by creating a dedicated regulatory framework to encourage investment, help diversify the economy and create jobs.

If passed, Bill 36 will establish a legislative foundation for a robust and effective regulatory framework to enable further development of the resource.

Geothermal energy is the natural heat that originates from the Earth. It can be used for heating and cooling or to generate clean electricity. Alberta is well suited to support this industry because of our geothermal resources, opportunities for co-production with oil and gas, opportunity to repurpose inactive oil and gas wells, and leadership in drilling technology.

Key changes

If passed, Bill 36 will:

  • outline rules and processes for industry to ensure geothermal resources are developed responsibly and in the best interests of Albertans
  • establish the legislative authority for land use and liability management
  • protect landowners and mineral rights owners
  • establish government’s authority to receive revenues, such as royalties and fees

Next steps

If passed, Bill 36 will take effect upon proclamation.

We will work with industry partners and other stakeholders and groups to help inform geothermal policy development and implementation.

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