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Alberta Energy

Report of the Auditor General—November 2020
 

There are no new recommendations to the department in this report.

The department has implemented one outstanding recommendation in our Systems to Manage Royalty Reduction Programs Assessment of Implementation Report—see page 179.

In our Systems to Regulate Dam Safety Assessment of Implementation Report, we found that the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) implemented our two recommendations we originally made to Alberta Environment and Parks. We made our original recommendations to Alberta Environment and Parks because it regulated all dams in Alberta at that time. In 2014, AER became the regulator for energy related dams and tailings ponds and developed the Dam Safety Program to meet our recommendations. See the Alberta Environment and Parks Ministry Chapter (page 99).

We issued unqualified independent auditor’s reports on the 2019-2020 financial statements for the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission (APMC), the Post-closure Stewardship Fund, the Balancing Pool and the Canadian Energy Centre Ltd. (CEC).

As part of our financial statement audit of the department and APMC for the year ended March 31, 2020, we found accounting errors related to significant Ministry of Energy transactions—see page 84. APMC has four outstanding recommendations, two of which are ready for assessment.

The CEC has one new recommendation—see page 89.

We issued a qualified auditor’s report on the 2019-2020 financial statements of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) as it did not appropriately present and disclose the nature of its relationship and transactions related to ICORE NFP, an entity it created.

AER has one new recommendation (see page 87), 12 outstanding recommendations, six of which are older than three years. Eight recommendations are ready for assessment.

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