Google Earth: 50,000 power plants


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.

The QGIS 1.7 is Released


So this awesome happened over the weekend:

“We are pleased to announce the latest release in our 1.X series of releases. To download your copy, please visit the QGIS download page. This release is named after the town of Wroclaw in Poland. The Department of Climatology and Atmosphere Protection, University of Wroclaw kindly hosted our last developer meeting in November 2010.”

The release has some great new symbology and data management improvements continuing the push of QGIS as a full fledged GIS client.  I use QGIS much more than any GIS client these days  and coupled with FME, there isn’t anything I can’t do.