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Where We Get Our Data

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At Alberta Beyond Fossil Fuels, we do our best to provide you with accurate information. Our theory of change is that you are a rational decision maker who values the facts. Even if you draw different conclusions than we do, we think you’ll still appreciate reliable information.

We want you to have confidence in the information we share, and the best way for us to bolster your confidence is to show the steps we take in acquiring data so that you can trace our footsteps.

If you’d like to verify the statistics we cite for things like crude oil reserves and production, you can easily check them.

We draw on the following principal sources:

  • The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) provides data for global crude oil reserves and production.
  • The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) provides scenarios for Canada’s and Alberta’s future crude oil production.
  • The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) provides data for Alberta’s crude oil reserves and production.

The following sections explain how to download the data we cite. We’ll maintain this post and link to it as necessary so you can independently verify our data.

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How to Download the U.S. Energy Information Administration Data

Crude Oil

  1. Visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration page Petroleum and other liquids.
  2. Click Data Options.
  1. Select World at the top of the page. At the bottom of the page, for Energy Sources, select Petroleum and other liquids. Then scroll down.
  1. Under Activities, select the data you’d like to see.
    • For reserves, select Reserves
    • For production, select Crude oil and lease condensate.
  2. Under Units, select U.S. (barrels per day).
  3. Under Frequency, select Annual.
  4. Use the slider to select the range of years for which you want data.
  5. Click View Data.
  1. Under Download Options, select Export CSV (table).
  2. Download the resulting spreadsheet.

Natural Gas

  1. Visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration Natural gas page
  2. Click Data Options.
  1. Select World at the top of the page. At the bottom of the page, for Energy Sources, select Natural gas. Then scroll down.
  1. Under Activities, select the data you’d like to see.

For reserves, select Reserves and Gross natural gas

For production, select Gross natural gas and all sub-options.

  1. Under Units, select U.S. (barrels per day).
  2. Under Frequency, select Annual.
  3. Use the slider to select the range of years for which you want data.
  4. Click View Data.
  1. Under Download Options, select Export CSV (table).
  2. Download the resulting spreadsheet.

How to Download Canada Energy Regulator Production Scenarios

I downloaded the CER Evolving Policy Scenario numbers. You can download them too if you like. It’s quite simple.

Crude Oil

  1. Visit the CER Macro Indicators page. You’ll see a set of menus at the top of the page.
  1. For crude oil production scenarios, use the following menu settings.
    • Select Report Version: Canada’s Energy Future 2021 or 2023.
    • Select Appendices: Crude Oil Production
    • Select Case: Evolving Policies
    • Select Unit: Thousand Barrels per day
  1. Download the resulting spreadsheet.

Natural Gas

  1. Visit the CER Macro Indicators page. You’ll see a set of menus at the top of the page.
  2. For natural gas production scenarios, use the following menu settings.
    • Select Report Version: Canada’s Energy Future 2021 or 2023.
    • Select Appendices: Natural Gas Reserves or Natural Gas Production.
    • Select Case: Evolving Policies
    • Select Unit: Thousand Barrels per day
  1. Download the resulting spreadsheet.
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