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Just curious where OSM gets its data for US power grids (stations/substations/powerlines/etc). I'm researching power stations in my area, and am curious where the authoritative source is - I'd also like to help keep the power grid data up to date, and would like to know where to check.

asked 17 May '17, 16:16

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ParkerKK - were you able to find any comprehensive international sources?

(04 Oct '18, 06:11) stickyevans

A lot of it is just from imagery (many features have no further information beyond what is observable in imagery). I think a lot of people input information based on their understanding of the power grid and from sources like permits.

The EIA has a pretty massive amount of data on US infrastructure:


A review of which layers are suitable as OSM sources (appropriately licensed and so on) would be a useful thing:


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answered 17 May '17, 17:08

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Quite a lot of power lines would have come in originally with TIGER data too.

(04 Oct '18, 13:25) SK53 ♦
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