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 methodology for the dataset creation is given in the World Resources Institute publication A Global Database of Power Plants. The database can be visualized on Resource Watch together with hundreds of other datasets. 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. To be informed of important database releases in the future, please sign up for our newsletter.
Global Power Plant Database
Generation data are estimated when reported data are not available. Methodology for estimation is available in project technical note. 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.
Power plants have a Primary 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.
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.