Integrated Decision Approach

The Integrated Decision Approach is a new approach to regulate energy development. It gives clarity to how decisions are made and allows for integrated decision-making, consistent reviews, and technology-enabled processes.

There are many components to the Integrated Decision Approach, with the main concepts being

  • Transparency and information-sharing
  • Integrated application, review, and decision processes
  • Risk-informed approach across the life cycle of a project

For more information, look through the "What are we doing" tab below, or check out the related links on this page. If you'd like to leave a comment or ask a question, please click on the Questions & Comments tab below.

The Integrated Decision Approach is a new approach to regulate energy development. It gives clarity to how decisions are made and allows for integrated decision-making, consistent reviews, and technology-enabled processes.

There are many components to the Integrated Decision Approach, with the main concepts being

  • Transparency and information-sharing
  • Integrated application, review, and decision processes
  • Risk-informed approach across the life cycle of a project

For more information, look through the "What are we doing" tab below, or check out the related links on this page. If you'd like to leave a comment or ask a question, please click on the Questions & Comments tab below.

  • Participant Involvement Initiative

    5 days ago
    We need your help!

    The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is meeting with Albertans and indigenous communities across the province to understand how you want operators to engage with you about proposed energy development. Your feedback will help shape future conversations about energy development between the AER, operators, Albertans, and indigenous communities.

    Please join us as we discuss changes to energy applications and how we can improve participant involvement requirements for the Integrated Decision Approach.
    To register for an event near you, Click here.

    Sessions are a full day (9am-3pm) and will run in the following locations:
    Rocky Mountain House... Continue reading

    We need your help!

    The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is meeting with Albertans and indigenous communities across the province to understand how you want operators to engage with you about proposed energy development. Your feedback will help shape future conversations about energy development between the AER, operators, Albertans, and indigenous communities.

    Please join us as we discuss changes to energy applications and how we can improve participant involvement requirements for the Integrated Decision Approach.
    To register for an event near you, Click here.

    Sessions are a full day (9am-3pm) and will run in the following locations:
    Rocky Mountain House - October 25th, 2017
    Vulcan - November 2nd, 2017
    Bonnyville - November 9th, 2017
    Treaty 8 (in Edmonton) - November 14th, 2017
    Fort McMurray - November 16th, 2017
    Treaty 6 (in Edmonton) - November 22nd, 2017
    Medicine Hat - November 28th, 2017
    Treaty 7 (in Calgary) - December 5th, 2017
    Calgary - December 6th, 2017
    Whitecourt - December 12th, 2017
    Grande Prairie - December 14th, 2017

    Can't make it to a session? You still have an opportunity to have your say. Register on Talk AER and participate through the Participant Involvement Initiative Talk AER page.

  • OneStop for Pipeline Applications

    4 months ago
    On June 26, 2017, the AER launched the latest iteration of the Integrated Decision Approach with a new online process for pipeline applications using the OneStop platform.

    The AER is only changing how a company submits an application for new pipelines – through the OneStop technology. There are no changes to public safety, participant involvement, notification, or technical requirements.

    At this time, only applications relating to new pipeline licensing and construction can be submitted through OneStop; related applications are submitted using existing processes. With all new pipeline applications, applicants are encouraged to submit related applications at the same time (bundled... Continue reading

    On June 26, 2017, the AER launched the latest iteration of the Integrated Decision Approach with a new online process for pipeline applications using the OneStop platform.

    The AER is only changing how a company submits an application for new pipelines – through the OneStop technology. There are no changes to public safety, participant involvement, notification, or technical requirements.

    At this time, only applications relating to new pipeline licensing and construction can be submitted through OneStop; related applications are submitted using existing processes. With all new pipeline applications, applicants are encouraged to submit related applications at the same time (bundled applications). This will allow the AER to consider all aspects of the project through one decision-making process rather than repeating the process for each related application.

    For more information, visit our website!

  • Becoming a full life-cycle Regulator

    8 months ago

    The Government of Alberta, consulted with indigenous peoples, the oil and gas industry, and individuals from landowner, municipal, and environment groups between 2010-2012. The recommendations that came out of this consultation were to:

    • Establish a single oil, gas, oil sands and coal regulator
    • Provide a clear public engagement process
    • Establish a common risk assessment and management approach
    • Establish a performance measurement framework and reporting mechanism
    • Develop a mechanism to address landowner concerns

    As a result the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) was created as the single regulator for upstream oil, gas, oil sands... Continue reading

    The Government of Alberta, consulted with indigenous peoples, the oil and gas industry, and individuals from landowner, municipal, and environment groups between 2010-2012. The recommendations that came out of this consultation were to:

    • Establish a single oil, gas, oil sands and coal regulator
    • Provide a clear public engagement process
    • Establish a common risk assessment and management approach
    • Establish a performance measurement framework and reporting mechanism
    • Develop a mechanism to address landowner concerns

    As a result the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) was created as the single regulator for upstream oil, gas, oil sands and coal in the province. The AER is empowered to make decisions required for oil and gas approvals at every step of the process – from application and exploration, to construction and development, to abandonment, reclamation and remediation.

    The Integrated Decision Approach is an evolution of these concepts and will allow us to make better informed decisions across the life-cycle of development.

  • Integrated Decision Approach Implementation

    8 months ago

    Over the past few years, we have tested the new Integrated Decision Approach, and the technology built to support it, through a number of different pilots. The results helped us to refine and improve the approach. Now, we are beginning the process of implementing integrated decision-making across the AER. Full implementation will take years.

    We started using new technology, known as OneStop, to revamp the reclamation certificate process, and now we are working to expand the Integrated Decision Approach to include a new system for pipeline applications and public lands.

    Over the past few years, we have tested the new Integrated Decision Approach, and the technology built to support it, through a number of different pilots. The results helped us to refine and improve the approach. Now, we are beginning the process of implementing integrated decision-making across the AER. Full implementation will take years.

    We started using new technology, known as OneStop, to revamp the reclamation certificate process, and now we are working to expand the Integrated Decision Approach to include a new system for pipeline applications and public lands.

  • Reclamation Certificate Project

    8 months ago

    The AER implemented a new process to test the Integrated Decision Approach technology and manage the backlog of reclamation certificates. The new technology (OneStop) ensures that all criteria for reclamation are thoroughly assessed in a timely manner.

    By improving the way we manage reclamation certificate applications, AER staff are now able to dedicate more resources to ensure high-risk areas and reclamation certificate applications receive greater attention, including through inspections and compliance audits.

    Under the new process, operators are required to submit applications for reclamation certificates using OneStop. The system is designed to validate submissions and pre-populate the application with... Continue reading

    The AER implemented a new process to test the Integrated Decision Approach technology and manage the backlog of reclamation certificates. The new technology (OneStop) ensures that all criteria for reclamation are thoroughly assessed in a timely manner.

    By improving the way we manage reclamation certificate applications, AER staff are now able to dedicate more resources to ensure high-risk areas and reclamation certificate applications receive greater attention, including through inspections and compliance audits.

    Under the new process, operators are required to submit applications for reclamation certificates using OneStop. The system is designed to validate submissions and pre-populate the application with information that the AER already has in its databases. The new consolidated online tool is more efficient and allows us to review applications with more consistency so staff can focus their attention on reviews, audits, and inspections.

    The new system also includes a Public Map Viewer, which allows you to select an area of interest to view the existing infrastructure and the status of reclamation certificates.

  • Pilot Projects

    8 months ago

    The AER is using pilot projects to test the Integrated Decision Approach. The pilots require industry to submit one application for an entire development project. The pilots looked at different types, scales and locations of developments to test the feasibility of integration. There have been three pilots to date.

    1. Integrated Single Pipeline project
    2. Integrated Heavy Oil project
    3. Integrated In Situ project

    The Integrated Single Pipeline project looked at integrating what would normally be four applications and decisions into one. This application was approved on November 3rd, 2015. Details of the application and decision can... Continue reading

    The AER is using pilot projects to test the Integrated Decision Approach. The pilots require industry to submit one application for an entire development project. The pilots looked at different types, scales and locations of developments to test the feasibility of integration. There have been three pilots to date.

    1. Integrated Single Pipeline project
    2. Integrated Heavy Oil project
    3. Integrated In Situ project

    The Integrated Single Pipeline project looked at integrating what would normally be four applications and decisions into one. This application was approved on November 3rd, 2015. Details of the application and decision can be found here.

    The Integrated Heavy Oil project looked at integrating 59 applications and decisions into one. The application was approved on August 17th, 2016. Details of the application and decision can be found here.

    The Integrated In Situ project looked at integrating up to 2500 applications and decisions into one. This Application was approved on March 27th, 2017. Details of the application and decision can be found here.