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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Global Power Plant Database

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  • This interactive map provides information about the location of power plants around the world, including data about each plant's capacity and fuel type. 
  • A variety of map layers allows students to view the data in various ways. 
Teaching Tips


  • Students can click on any of the data points on the map to learn more about specific power plants.
  • Students can explore specific dataset layers by themselves, including coal power plants, hydro power plants, and wind power plants.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students and teachers should be aware that the map replicates the continents when the user zooms out too far.
  • The map defaults to black, but an icon in the right-hand corner allows the user to change the map's color.


  • Social studies and geography classes could use the map to discuss how different regions produce power and why some regions produce far more power than others.
  • Science classes could use this resource to discuss global reliance on fossil fuels and what can be done about it.
  • Other resources on this topic include this resource that shows carbon dioxide emissions by fuel type, this lesson plan on carbon trading, and this Hot Mess video that discusses how the world should pay to fix climate change.
Scientist Notes
This is an interactive map that shows the location and type of power generation plants across the globe. The data is publicly available. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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