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Frequently Asked Questions

Does EIA publish the location of electric power plants and transmission lines?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) interactive U.S. Energy Mapping System includes the location of U.S. electric

  • Power plants with a combined nameplate capacity of 1 megawatt (MW) or more that are operating, on standby, or on short-term or long-term out of service
  • Electric transmission lines with voltages varying from 69 kilovolts (kV) to 765 kV

The map layer information for the U.S. Energy Mapping System includes a link to the shapefile for the power plants layer, which includes a database file (dbf) that has the street address, zip code, city, county, state, latitude, and longitude for each power plant. The dbf file can be opened with spreadsheet software. EIA does not provide shapefiles for the transmission line layer, but it does provide a link to the source of the shapefiles for the electric transmission lines layer.

The street address, zip code, city, county, state, latitude, and longitude of U.S. power plants are in the "PlantYyy" file of the survey Form EIA-860 database. The county, state, latitude, and longitude of U.S. power plants are in the EIA-860M data files. EIA's Application Programming Interface (API) also contains the latitude and longitude of power plants. You must register and receive an API key to access that API series.

In cooperation with Canada and Mexico, EIA publishes a North American (energy) infrastructure map, with information for Canada, Mexico, and the United States including the location of

  • Electric power plants with an electricity generating capacity of at least 100 MW
  • Renewable energy electric power plants with an electricity generating capacity of at least 1 MW
  • International border crossings of electric transmission lines

The map data and services for the North American energy infrastructure map includes Excel files and shapefiles with the latitude and longitude of the power plants and transmission line border crossings.

EIA does not publish similar maps or geographic information on the location of electric power plants and transmission lines in any other countries.

Last updated: May 30, 2019


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