Introduction

Hydrogen represents a significant economic opportunity for Alberta’s energy sector and the province. By 2050, it is expected that the world’s hydrogen economy will be worth $2.5 to 11 trillion. Alberta is well positioned to be a key part of the global hydrogen economy.

The hydrogen economy is expected to bring both widespread direct and indirect economic benefits to Alberta. As world-scale hydrogen projects are developed, new employment opportunities are expected in the province for professionals, scientists, and trades while other energy sector jobs move to the new hydrogen economy.

By 2030, it is anticipated that the hydrogen economy in Alberta could bring tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity during the construction phase, as well as thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of economic activity during the project operations phase.

Hydrogen foundation

Alberta’s Natural Gas Strategy and Vision commits to

  • pursue investment
  • improve the province’s competitiveness
  • expand Alberta’s access to new markets and
  • position a more diversified, resilient natural gas sector.

Alberta’s approach targets standard natural gas and natural gas resources that are capable of producing low-carbon, clean hydrogen.

Alberta’s Hydrogen Roadmap further commits to actions related to hydrogen investment, including policy actions for de-risking hydrogen investment, and enabling access to capital for clean hydrogen production.

Investment advantages

Alberta has the resources and experience to produce some of the lowest cost, clean hydrogen in the world, these advantages include:

Energy resources

The Alberta Energy Regulator produces an annual Energy Outlook with the state of reserves and the supply and demand outlook. Alberta  can leverage its existing natural gas reserves, renewable energy resources, extensive pipelines and energy infrastructure to play a leading role in Canada’s clean hydrogen economy. Alberta has low-cost natural gas a primary feedstock for hydrogen.

Environmental commitment

Alberta has world-class environmental standards and practices in place. Alberta’s strong environmental, social, and governance record is the foundation for a new strategy that will elevate leadership and accountability.

Innovation leadership

Alberta is a committed leader in innovation, GHG emission research, and carbon management. Alberta’s innovation agencies such as Emissions Reduction Alberta and Alberta Innovates have provided over $61 million in funding to 14 hydrogen projects. These projects include hydrogen powered buses, trucks, and locomotives, new hydrogen production technologies, hydrogen blending into utility markets, and development of hydrogen hubs.

Competitive business environment

On top of having the lowest corporate tax rate in Canada, Alberta offers several programs, such as the Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program, when a project becomes operational, up to 12% of eligible operational costs will be returned in a grant to attract investment in the province’s petrochemical sector. Many new or expanded hydrogen production facilities use carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). Alberta is home to world-scale CCUS projects, multiple industrial clusters and the geology to natural store carbon capture.

Experience and scale

Alberta is already the largest hydrogen producer in Canada. Alberta’s workforce knows how to safely produce, handle and use large quantities of hydrogen. The companies below have already invested in industrial processes for hydrogen.

Hydrogen investment

Alberta’s private sector is already investing in the provincial hydrogen economy, recent projects include:

Projects for industrial processes, power generation and energy storage

  Projects for vehicle transportation

Investment supports

The Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation supports Indigenous communities participating in resource development projects. The corporation has the authority to provide up to C$1 billion in loan guarantees to support the ability of Indigenous communities to raise capital and invest in natural resource projects.

The Government of Alberta has also created Invest Alberta, a Crown corporation dedicated to investment attraction with a mandate to engage the world and provide high-end, tailored support to investors and major new investment projects.

Alberta Innovates and Emissions Reduction Alberta are provincial public agencies that provide innovation ecosystem support. Both agencies have provided over $61 million in funding to 14 hydrogen projects. Alberta Innovates now hosts the Clean Hydrogen Centre of Excellence, and is providing funding for early phase and industry growth programs, including funding for clean energy. Emissions Reduction Alberta is currently providing rounds of funding for innovative technology projects, as well as infrastructure upgrades for businesses.

Related resources

  • Edmonton Region Hydrogen Hub: An alliance of government, Indigenous, and economic development organizations looking to kick-start the Edmonton Region’s hydrogen economy.
  • Southeast Alberta Hydrogen Task Force: A task force led by Invest Medicine Hat, including government and industry, is supporting a foundational study that will identify broader economic opportunities associated with growing large-scale clean hydrogen and use in the southeast Alberta region.

Contact

Connect with the Natural Gas Strategy and Engagement Branch:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Email: [email protected]:

Mailing Address:
Alberta Energy
Natural Gas Strategy and Engagement Branch
6th Floor, North Petroleum Plaza
9945 108 Street*
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2G6

* Couriers, please report to the 2nd floor.

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