Alberta Energy encourages the responsible development of the province's extensive coal deposits through planning and liaison with government, industry and communities to ensure competitive tenure and royalty regimes are attractive to investors, and appropriate mining regulations and environmental protection are in place.  The department issues and administers coal leases on Crown lands and collects royalties from producing mines.

Alberta Energy Regulator data and publications provide detailed information on number of mines, coal reserves, production and disposition, by coal type and by destination.