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Federal jurisdiction in energy is primarily concerned with regulation of inter-provincial and international trade and commerce, and the management of non-renewable resources on federal lands.
The consuming provinces regulate distribution systems and oversee the retail price of natural gas to consumers.
However, the three prairie provinces originally did not control the natural resources in the provinces as a condition of their entry into Confederation, until the Natural Resources Acts of 1930.
The provincial governments own most of the petroleum, natural gas and coal reserves, and control most of the electricity production.
In Alberta, the electricity sector is largely privatized, in Ontario the process is ongoing.
In other provinces electricity is mostly generated and distributed by provincially owned utilities.