Hydrogen & Renewable Energy Opportunities in Alberta, Canada

Hydrogen & Renewable Energy Opportunities in Alberta, Canada

Leading hydrogen fuel manufacturing & renewable energy internationally.

Alberta, as the Canadian energy capital hosting over 800 oil and gas operations, is forging new pathways in renewable energy, clean tech, and hydrogen fuel production. The province was the first in Canada to establish an ESG Secretariat, providing strategic oversight and government coordination for Alberta’s clean energy future.

Alberta outperforms all Canadian provinces when it comes to youngest median age, highest net interprovincial migration, highest workforce participation rate and most engineers per capita – both those certified and in training. The University of Calgary, a leading startup incubator in Canadian research institutions, plays a significant role in guiding Alberta’s energy transition, supporting innovations in clean energy and advancing green hydrogen production projects. This aligns with the developing global hydrogen economy, addressing the rising demand for hydrogen fuel and sustainable energy sources. Alberta’s commitment to renewable energy sources, including solar and wind energy, complements its productive oil and natural gas industry, supplying reliable energy sources worldwide

Oldman Dam Provincial Recreation Area near Pincher Creek, AB

Photo Credit: © Travel Alberta by Neil Zeller

The Path to Net Zero Runs Through Alberta, Canada

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Alberta is an emerging global leader in energy decarbonization, having made strides in reducing the carbon intensity of its electricity grid and its oil and gas sector. This is being achieved through a series of targeted reductions, a transition away from coal, the development of world-scale renewable energy projects, and investment in a growing carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) industry.

By early 2024, power generation in Alberta will be coal free, and the electricity grid will produce roughly 20 megatons of GHG emissions a year. Alberta’s deregulated market ensures it remains a low-cost electricity jurisdiction throughout this transition making it an ideal for utility-scale solar energy projects and wind resources, advancing renewable electricity production and usage at affordable rates worldwide. 


Alberta is home to the fourth-largest oil reserves in the world and 70% of Canada’s marketable natural gas in Canada and critical minerals including lithium and magnetite. Alberta’s supply of natural low-cost resources is vast and reflects a low-cost basin tested through multiple commodity cycles.

The affordable, abundant, resources and strong commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) throughout the established energy sector provides eco-friendly international investment opportunities, including clean technology and environmental services.

Alberta provides some of the lowest cost renewable power in North America

Alberta provides some of the lowest cost renewable power in North America

Oldman Dam Provincial Recreation Area near Pincher Creek, AB

Photo Credit: © Travel Alberta by Neil Zeller


The Leduc Aquifer harbors a substantial lithium-rich brine resource, positioning Alberta as a leader in the emerging North American lithium battery market. With an estimated 16.9 Mt of Lithium Carbonate Equivalent (LCE) in both Measured and Indicated, and Inferred categories, Alberta’s lithium reserves are a compelling draw for the electric vehicle and renewable energy sectors, which are rapidly expanding due to the global push for clean energy transitions.

E3 Lithium’s proprietary Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) technology offers a more efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional lithium extraction processes. The lithium battery process starts with the extraction of lithium salts from salty water or brine. Once extracted, these salts refine to produce lithium hydroxide or lithium carbonate, which are key components in lithium-ion batteries, central to electric vehicles and renewable energy systems worldwide.


Alberta is utilizing CCUS and existing facilities and infrastructure to expand into low-carbon petrochemical products, such as blue methanol and blue hydrogen. This includes the development of clean hydrogen hubs, expanding the hydrogen value chain, and supporting hydrogen-powered vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell technology. Alberta’s extensive oil and gas infrastructure also allows the potential to produce blue hydrogen at a lower cost than any other jurisdiction in the world. 

Alberta is home to two of the world’s 18 large-scale projects. The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, can sequester 14.6 million tonnes of CO2 per year. The ACTL Edmonton Alberta Carbon Trunk Line Edmonton Connector, another major hydrogen project is currently being expanded and Wolf Midstream will be partnering with Air Products who are developing one of the lowest-carbon-intensity hydrogen networks in the world.


Alberta was the first regional government in North America to commit to a methane emissions reduction target for the oil and gas sector. By early 2024, Alberta’s oil sands industry, with Imperial Oil Limited at the forefront, has made significant progress in reducing GHG emissions intensity, targeting a 10% reduction by the end of 2023 compared to 2016, and aiming for a 30% reduction by 2030, along with a goal to achieve net zero emissions in oil sands operations by 2050.

Alberta’s decarbonization efforts are supported by a large pool of talented researchers, technical professionals and entrepreneurs who understand the oil and gas industry and its needs.

Furthermore, the government of Alberta has developed a Hydrogen Roadmap, pursuing clean hydrogen exports to meet global market demands.

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Edmonton Region Hydrogen Futures

Low-carbon hydrogen is a $100-billion opportunity for Alberta

Low-carbon hydrogen is a $100-billion opportunity for Alberta

Grande Prairie, Alberta

Photo Credit: Travel Alberta by Jeff Bartlett

areas of focus

Clean Tech

  • Carbon capture, use and storage
  • Low-carbon hydrogen production
  • Solvent extraction technology
  • Methane reduction

Alberta is a global leader in methane reduction. It also boasts an abundance of affordable, low-emission blue hydrogen and is home to two of the world’s large-scale CCUS projects.

Renewable Power

  • Modern, deregulated power markets
  • Commercial wind
  • Commercial solar
  • Emerging geothermal and hydro

Alberta provides some of the lowest cost renewable power in the world. The province’s unique geography and deregulated electricity grid make it ideal for utility-scale wind and solar projects.


  • Large reserves of low-decline, low-cost oil
  • Innovative oil and gas services sector
  • Stable and clear fiscal and regulatory systems

Abundant supplies of low-decline and low-cost oil, coupled with an innovative and well-established oilfield services sector will help to maintain Alberta’s oil production for years to come.

Natural Gas

  • Large reserves of low-cost natural gas
  • Large liquids plays and markets
  • World-class value-added processing

Alberta has rich supplies of low-cost natural gas and is home to the largest hydrocarbon processing zone in Canada. The province counts two propylene derivatives plants and the country’s largest ethane cracking complexes.

Access to Markets

  • LNG: growing access to west coast and growing Asian markets
  • Crude oil: Access to key US, Asian and Canadian export markets

Alberta is growing its market access through the construction and expansion of several pipeline projects, including the Coastal GasLink and the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Business Friendly

Stable regulatory environment and business-friendly policies make Alberta the perfect place to invest

Stable Fiscal and Regulatory Environment

Canada scores in the top 30 of the World Bank’s Political Stability Index.

Low Corporate Tax Burden

Alberta’s corporate tax rate has dropped to 8% — the lowest in the country.

Pro-Business Climate

Alberta has the highest economic freedom in Canada as ranked by the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom Index.

Government support for innovation

Both provincial and federal governments offer financial programs to stimulate innovation in the energy and cleantech sector


Alberta’s energy sector is supported by a vast network of pipelines and a market-based electricity grid

Robust Petrochemical Processing Capacity

Home to the largest hydrocarbon processing zone in Canada — Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

Increased Access to West Coast

Coastal GasLink and Trans Mountain Pipeline will allow exports crude oil to Asian markets.

Low Carbon Power Purchase Opportunities

The most deregulated electricity market in Canada.

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