Visualizing 50,000 power plants in Google Earth

Enipedia is a wiki-based source for energry and industrial information. They have quite a comprehensive site, and they’ve just added some Google Earth tools that are very impressive.
In particular, their Power Plants tool does some neat things. At the basic level, it produces a Google Earth KML file that allows you to view over 50,000 power plants across the globe.


The icons on the map represent the fuel types used at each power plant, and the size of the circle around each plant is a representation of their electrical power output (MWh). Much of the data has come from sources such as, eGRID and E-PRTR.
An especially interesting piece of this is that it’s wiki-based, meaning anyone can edit it. As they mention in the Google Earth Community, they run a script that is continually updating the KML with the latest information. This is a great way to take crowd-sourced information and display it for all to see. The KML that you download is actually a network link file, so it can always be updated with the latest information.
As far as I know, this is the largest database of its kind in Google Earth. Nice work, Enipedia!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. What a powerful tool google maps is. Local and international. One will be able to check locations at the tips of your fingers.

  2. Adding new locations, google earth grows, I hope there will be applications for sensor technology

  3. Is it possible to show one type of power plant by continent. For example, I would like to see just Nuclear Plants on each continent like South America; North America, Europe etc.

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