World - Global Power Plant Database

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 35,000 power plants from 167 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". Data updates may occur without associated updates to this manuscript.

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.

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Author Logan Byers, Johannes Friedrich, Roman Hennig, Aaron Kressig, Xinyue Li, Laura Malaguzzi Valeri and Colin McCormick
Last Updated June 2, 2021, 19:21 (UTC)
Created April 13, 2018, 20:21 (UTC)
Topic Power system and utilities; Renewable energy; Thermal power
Region Africa; East Asia and Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; Latin America & Caribbean; Middle East and North Africa; South Asia
Status Ongoing
Coordinate Reference System WGS84
Published year 2021
Start date 2004
End date 2020
Group Power Sector