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The Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) mandate is to ensure the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle. This includes allocating and conserving water resources, managing public lands, and protecting the environment while providing economic benefits for all Albertans. Energy regulation in Alberta spans 76 years and has evolved over time. Today, the AER is the single regulator of energy development in Alberta—from application and exploration, to construction and development, to abandonment, reclamation, and remediation.

The AER has a vision to become a best-in-class energy regulator. To bring this vision into reality, the organization has launched the Best-in-Class project to help define, measure, and verify the attributes of a leading regulator.

Following a competitive process, the AER selected the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Professor Cary Coglianese to lead a major, independent initiative defining and measuring regulatory excellence.

Once the initiative is complete, the AER expects to measure its performance against best-in-class attributes on a regular basis.