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. It 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 is 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.
The methodology for the dataset creation is given in the World Resources Institute publication A Global Database of Power Plants. The database is available for immediate download and use through the WRI Open Data Portal.
Associated code for the creation of the dataset can be found on GitHub. The bleeding-edge version of the database (which may contain substantial differences from the release you are viewing) is available on GitHub as well.
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Power Plants by Capacity (MW) and Fuel Type: Global power plants by capacity in megawatts and fuel type. Includes coal, oil, gas, hydro, nuclear, solar, waste, wind, geothermal, and biomass.
Power Plants by Fuel Type: Global power plants by fuel type. Includes coal, oil, gas, hydro, nuclear, solar, waste, wind, geothermal, and biomass.
Power Plants by Capacity (MW): Global power plants by capacity in megawatts.
Wind Power Plants by Capacity (MW): Global wind power plants by capacity in megawatts.
Solar Power Plants by Capacity (MW): Global solar power plants by capacity in megawatts.
Hydro Power Plants by Capacity (MW): Global hydroelectric power plants by capacity in megawatts.
Coal Power Plants by Capacity (MW): Global coal power plants by capacity in megawatts.
Coordinates provided in the source data were used to map this data for display on Resource Watch.
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/regulatory year; no distinction is provided in the database.
Global Energy Observatory, Google, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Enipedia, World Resources Institute. 2018. Global Power Plant Database. Published on Resource Watch and Google Earth Engine; http://resourcewatch.org/ https://earthengine.google.com/ Accessed through Resource Watch, (date). www.resourcewatch.org.
circa 1892 - present