Global Power Plant Database

A comprehensive, global, open source database of power plants

  • Source: Global Energy Observatory/Google/KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm/Enipedia/World Resources Institute


The Global Power Plant Database is a comprehensive, open source database of power plants around the world. It centralizes power plant data to make it easier to navigate, compare, and draw insights for one’s own analysis. The database covers approximately 30,000 power plants from 164 countries and includes thermal plants (e.g., coal, gas, oil, nuclear, biomass, waste, geothermal) and renewables (e.g., hydro, wind, solar). Each power plant is geolocated, and entries contain information on plant capacity, generation, ownership, and fuel type. The database will be continuously updated as data becomes available.


The Global Power Plant Database leverages existing data sources and methodologies to build a comprehensive and open-access power sector database. The database was built entirely from open sources, which are publicly available on the internet, including data from national government agencies, reports from companies that build power plants or provide their components, data from public utilities, and information from multinational organizations. Currently the Global Power Plant Database uses more than 600 sources to create the database.

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Formal name

Global Power Plant Database v1.2.0


The "Primary Fuel" is the fuel that has been identified to provide the largest portion of generated electricity for the plant or has been identified as the primary fuel by the data source. For power plants that have data in multiple "Other Fuel" fields, the ordering of the fuels should not be taken to indicate any priority or preference of the fuel for operating the power plant or generating units. Though the "Other Fuel" columns in the database are numbered sequentially from 1, the ordering is insignificant.

Generation is provided at the year scale for the years 2013-2017. The generation values may correspond to a calendar year or a fiscal or regulatory year; no distinction is provided in the database.

Suggested citation

Global Energy Observatory, Google, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Enipedia, World Resources Institute. 2019. Global Power Plant Database v1.2.0. Published on Resource Watch ( and Google Earth Engine ( Accessed through Resource Watch, (date).


Global Energy Observatory
KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
World Resources Institute

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Date of content

circa 1892-2019

Frequency of updates



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