National generation capacity: Main notebook
This Notebook is part of the National Generation Capacity Datapackage of Open Power System Data.

1. About Open Power System Data

This notebook is part of the project Open Power System Data. Open Power System Data develops a platform for free and open data for electricity system modeling. We collect, check, process, document, and provide data that are publicly available but currently inconvenient to use. More info on Open Power System Data:

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3. About this Data Package

We provide data in different chunks, or datapackages. The one you are looking at is on national generation capacity,

This notebook processes data on aggregated generation capacity for European countries. The data includes generation capacities for nuclear, fossil and renewable fuels on an aggregated and, if possible, disaggregated technology levels. The majority of data reflects the years 2013 and 2014. The final output of the notebook is a list of national generation capacity differentiated by input fuels and technologies, as well as by different data sources

4. Data sources

The raw data is based on an extensive research of available national and international statistics. Due to the diverse structure of data sources, a compiled and structured dataset is used as input for further processing. Generally, three cross-national data sources are considered, complemented by national data sources.

The cross-national data sources are:

The fourth listed cross-national data source UN Statistical Office is only used for countries which are not listed in EUROSTAT data, i.e. Switzerland and Norway.

Beside this, the data is complemented by national sources, which includes national statistical offices, ministries, regulatory authorities, transmission system operators, as well as other associations. All data sources are listed subsequently and in the datapackage.json including their link.

Country Data type Source Type of Institution Description Type of document Coverage
Multiple Aggregated capacities ENTSOE Association of European Transmission Network Operators System Outlook and Adequacy Forecasts Report 2011-2016
Multiple Aggregated capacities ENTSOE Association of European Transmission Network Operators Net generating capacity Statistics 1994-2015
Multiple Aggregated capacities EUROSTAT European Statistical Office Country Datasheets 2016 by the European Commission Statistics 1990-2016
Multiple Aggregated capacities UN Statistical Office Statistical Office of the United Nations Electricity, net installed capacity of electric power plants Statistics 1990-2013
AT Aggregated capacities e-control Regulatory Authority Engpassleistung nach Kraftwerkstypen zum 31. Dezember 2015 Statistics 2013-2017
BE List of generation units ELIA Transmission System Operator Overview of Generating Facilities Statistics 2015,2017-2018
BG Aggregated capacities TSO Bulgaria Transmission System Operator Generation Capacities Report 2012
CH Aggregated capacities BFE Ministry Schweizerische Elektrizitätsstatistik (Electricity statistics) Report 1998-2015
CZ Aggregated capacities ERU Regulatory Authority Yearly Report on Operations Report 2010-2017
DE Aggregated capacities BMWi Ministry Energiedaten (Energy Data) Statistics 1990-2014
DE List of generation units BNetzA Regulatory Authority List of Power Plants (>10 MW) Statistics actual
DE List of generation units UBA Environmental Agency Kraftwerke in Deutschland (Power Plants in Germany, > 100 MW) Statistics actual
DK Aggregated capacities DEA Energy Agency Annual Energy Statistics Statistics 2010-2016
EE Aggregated capacities Statistics Estonia National Statistical Office Capacity and Production of Power Plants Statistics 1999-2017
ES Aggregated capacities REE Transmission System Operator National Indicators Statistics 1990-2018
FI Aggregated capacities Statistics Finland National Statistical Office Capacity of Electricity Generation Statistics 1970-2015
FR Aggregated capacities RTE Transmission System Operator Overview of electrical energy in France Report & Statistics 2014-2018
FR List of generation units RTE Transmission System Operator Installed Capacity of Units Statistics actual
GB Aggregated capacities Department of Energy & Climate Change UK Ministry Plant Capacity Statistics 2015-2017
GR Aggregated capacities REA Regulatory Authority National Report Report 2012-2016
HR Aggregated capacities HOPS Transmission System Operator Basic Data Report 2009-2013, 2015,2017
HU List of generation units Mavir Transmission System Operator Planned Installed Generation Capacity Report 2010-2014
IE List of generation units Eirgrid Transmission System Operator All-Island Generation Capacity Statement Report 2012-2016
IT List of generation units Terna Transmission System Operator Installed Generation Capacity Statistics 2010-2015
LT List of generation units Litgrid Transmission System Operator Generation Capacities Statistics 2014,2015,2018
LU Aggregated capacities ILR Regulatory Authority Centrales de productions au Luxembourg Statistics 2001-2014
LV Aggregated capacities Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia National Statistical Office Electrical Capacity Statistics 2007-2017
NL Aggregated capacities Tennet Transmission System Operator Installed Generation Capacity Statistics 2011-2016, 2018
NO Aggregated capacities Ministry of Petroleum and Energy Ministry Facts: Energy and Water Resources in Norway Report 2013-2017
PL Aggregated capacities CIRE Energy Market Information Center Moc zainstalowana (Installed Capacity) Statistics 2014, 2017
PT Aggregated capacities REN Transmission System Operator Technical Data Report 2013 - 2017
RO Aggregated capacities Anre Regulatory Authority Report Report 2013 - 2017
SE Aggregated capacities Svensk Energi Energy Agency Statistics Sweden Report 2013 -2015
SI Aggregated capacities Agencija za energijo Regulatory Authority Report on the Energy Sector in Slovenia Report 2011-2015
SK Aggregated capacities Statistical Office of Slovakia National Statistical Office Energy Statistics Report 2008-2015

5. Notation

As we compile different source for national generation capacity, we define a consolidated classifiation scheme based on energy sources and technologies. The classification scheme is related to four different energy source levels, to reflect the structural relations among the categories:

  • Energy source level 0 - Total generation capacity
  • Energy source level 1 - Generation capacity by energy type (fossil, nuclear, renewable, other)
  • Energy source level 2 - Generation capacity by fuel or energy source (e.g. coal, lignite, hard coal, natural gas, wind)
  • Energy source level 3 - Generation capacity by fuel or energy source and detailed fuel for bioenergy
  • Technology level - Generation capacity by fuel and technology (e.g. combined cycle natural gas, gas turbine, onshore wind, offshore wind)

Additionally, the definition of the energy source levels ensures that the total capacity is identical for each energy source level.

Moreover, some specific comments on particular categories:

Category/Technology Note
Differently categorized … These categories comprise either capacities which cannot be assigned to specific categories at the same level, or capacities with unspecified fuel or technology.
Reservoir including pumped storage Aggregated capacity of reservoirs and pumped storage, or combinations of both. Relevant for AT.
Pumped storage with natural inflow Pumped storage with natural inflow, or reservoirs with pumping capacity.

The information on the technology levels is rearranged the following table. It displays the four general technology levels and the corresponding categories:

In [1]:
import os, pandas as pd;
energylevels = pd.read_excel(os.path.join('input', 'National_Generation_Capacities.xlsx'),
energylevels = energylevels[pd.notnull(energylevels.index)]
energylevels = energylevels.replace({0: ' ', 1: True}) = 'Technology'
Level 0 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Technology level
Fossil fuels True
- Lignite True True True
- Hard coal True True True
- Oil True True True
- Natural gas True True
- Combined cycle True
- Gas turbine True
- Other and unknown natural gas True
- Differently categorized natural gas True
- Non-renewable waste True True True
- Mixed fossil fuels True True True
- Other fossil fuels True True True
- Differently categorized fossil fuels True True True
Nuclear True True True True
Renewable energy sources True
- Hydro True True
- Run-of-river True
- Reservoir True
- Reservoir including pumped storage True
- Pumped storage True
- Pumped storage with natural inflow True
- Differently categorized hydro True
- Wind True True
- Onshore True
- Offshore True
- Differently categorized wind True
- Solar True True
- Photovoltaics True
- Concentrated solar power True
- Differently categorized solar True
- Geothermal True True True
- Marine True True True
- Bioenergy and renewable waste True
- Biomass and biogas True True
- Sewage and landfill gas True True
- Other bioenergy and renewable waste True True
- Differently categorized renewable energy sources True True True
Other or unspecified energy sources True True True True
Total True

6. License

This notebook as well as all other documents in this repository is published under the MIT License.