Pembina Institute

In Brief

1985; Alberta, Canada; 50 staff; tar sands; clean energy


(1985, Calgary, Alberta;

“Leading Canada’s transition to clean energy” by providing expertise to industry and government leaders. The Institute was formed after the Lodgepole sour gas blowout killed two people and polluted the air for weeks. The event was largely due to poorly regulated energy development. In response, a small group of rural Albertans came together to secure tougher regulations for drilling sour gas wells. Those regulations were implemented province-wide. The work has expanded outside Alberta, everywhere “pushing industries and governments to go beyond the bare minimum to manage the impacts of energy development and to embed improvements in provincial and federal policy.” Issue areas: 1) Buildings and Urban Solutions; 2) Clean Energy Economy; 3) Electricity (e.g., building a greener grid as an alternative to Alberta’s coal-powered plants); 4) Energy Efficiency; 5) Liquified Natural Gas; 6) Oil Sands in Northern Alberta (“the fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.”); 7) Transportation and Urban Solutions. Some 850 publications are available addressing these issues. Methodological underpinnings are made apparent throughout Pembina’s website. Maintains a speakers bureau and engages in consulting, research, and convening. Total revenues for 2013: $4.7 million. Staff: 41; Executive Director: Ed Whittingham.

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