Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB)

The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) regulates the development of Alberta's energy resources, including oil, natural gas, oil sands, coal and pipelines. 

Businesses that have a proposed project in Alberta's energy industry must make an application to the ERCB for necessary approvals.

  • Large projects may require an environmental impact assessment under the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA).
  • The ERCB will consider the environmental impact assessment when evaluating the overall public benefits of a proposed project.
Acts and Regulations
The ERCB is responsible for the administration of several statutes.
Industry Zone
The Industry Zone provides detailed and timely information about ERCB issues and services to those working within the energy industry.

Historical note: On January 1, 2008, the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board was divided to create two agencies. The Energy Resources and Conservation Board and the Alberta Utilities Commission focus on two distinct, expanding and complex segments of Alberta’s economy.

Alberta Utilities Commission
The Alberta Utilities Commission regulates investor-owned natural gas, electric and water utilities and certain municipally owned electric utilities to ensure that customers receive safe and reliable service at just and reasonable rates.