Maps and GIS data
- Electric Transmission Lines: This is a statewide layer of the electric transmission system at a scale of 1:24,000. Data was collected from electric transmission companies beginning in late 2001, except for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Data for the TVA was compiled from publicly available sources and must be regarded as preliminary data.
Instructions for Written Request
- Power Plants: This data consists of point locations, and includes attributes for operational status (existing or proposed), the Public Service Commission’s regulatory status, generating capacity, and fuel. Proposed hydrokinetic power plants on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers are included. They can also be provided as polygons depicting the extent of the permit area.
Instructions for Written Request
- Natural Gas Distribution Service Area Maps Natural gas distribution service areas do not have legal boundaries or legally designated service territories. Each utility was asked to provide more detailed information than county or municipal boundaries to describe their service area. Therefore, service areas presented on the map may overlap. Natural gas transmission utilities, gathering companies, and farm taps on gathering systems are excluded. Underground propane systems with more than 10 customers are included. The Public Service Commission regulates all natural gas distribution utilities portrayed on the map for safety.
- 1984 Pipelines: This is the scanned paper map published by the Kentucky Department of Economic Development in 1984. Given the original map scale, it is estimated that the pipelines are depicted within 2 miles of their ground location. The map or the Adobe PDF file is available by written request.
Instructions for Written Request
- Natural Gas Storage Fields: These are depleted natural gas fields used by utilities to store natural gas. Data has been compiled from the Division of Oil and Gas Conservation, the Public Service Commission, and the Kentucky Geological Survey. For instructions on acquiring maps or data files, please contact the GIS Manager at the Division of Oil and Gas Conservation by telephone at (502) 573-0147.
- National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS): This is a GIS database that contains the locations and selected attributes of natural gas transmission lines and hazardous liquid trunk lines in the United States. All pipeline operators are required to review and update their information in NPMS once a year. There are two main components to this web site.
- NPMS Public Map Viewer: This viewer does not require a username and password and will only display pipeline data for the selected county. NPMS provides a help document to assist the public in effectively using the viewer.
- The Pipeline Integrity Management Mapping Application (PIMMA): This is a password protected internet mapping application which pipeline operators and government officials may use once they acquire permission. PIMMA restricts data access to the user’s area of jurisdiction or the pipelines they own. Additional information provided includes Breakout Tanks and Liquefied Natural Gas Plants.
- NPMS geospatial data is available upon request by federal, state, and local government officials and pipeline operators. For more information, visit the NPMS Data Request and Downloads page.
- Geography of Local Exchange Carriers: This is a document describing the industry terminology for the geographic features associated with local exchange carriers, or local telephone companies that provide local telephone service over land lines.
- Exchange Areas: An exchange area contains at least one switching center and is associated with an incumbent local exchange carrier (a local telephone company that provides local telephone service over land lines). Area codes, LATAs (Local Access Transportation Areas), and service areas for local telephone companies follow exchange area boundaries.
In December 2013 the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau published an online map displaying study area boundaries submitted and certified by incumbent local exchange carriers. The FCC study area boundary data for the United States is publicly available for download . This data was reviewed by the Public Service Commission, and revised where there were gaps between local exchange carriers or areas of overlap, in order to create a seamless layer for Kentucky. The user should be aware that the digital boundaries are not legal boundaries, and the legal ones are on maps filed with tariffs at the Public Service Commission. If you are researching the tariff documents, which are available online, be aware that AT&T files its local exchange tariff as Bellsouth.
- LATAs: LATAs are Local Access Transport Areas, which are defined by grouping exchange areas. Local telephone companies are permitted to offer local or long distance telecommunications services within these regions. It initially provided a basis for determining how the assets of the former Bell System were to be divided at divestiture. A LATA may cross state boundaries.
- Local Exchange Carriers(LECs): Local Exchange Carriers are local telephone companies that operate land lines. Their service area was determined by grouping exchange areas.
- Area Codes: Area Codes were defined by grouping exchange areas. Area codes are part of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for the Public Switched Telephone Network in the United States and its territories, Canada, Bermuda, and many Caribbean nations. NANP numbers are ten digits in length, and they are in the format: NXX-NXX-XXXX, where N is any digit 2-9 and X is any digit 0-9. The first three digits are called the numbering plan area (NPA) code, often called simply the area code. The area codes are usually assigned to a discrete geographic area, except for some numbers such as 800 that transcend specific geographic boundaries. “Overlay plans” are used to introduce new area codes by taking one fixed geographic area and concurrently applying multiple valid area codes throughout that area.
- FCC Market Areas for Wireless Communications: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been assigning area based radio licenses since the inception of Cellular Market Areas in 1982. Every area is an aggregation of counties. The Kentucky Public Service Commission took ten definitions of market boundaries and assigned each county in Kentucky to its appropriate area, using the Kentucky county coverage maintained by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. The following market areas are included: Cellular Market Areas, Basic Trading Areas, Major Trading Areas, Regional PCS Areas, Basic Economic Areas, Major Economic Areas, Regional Economic Areas, economic Area Groupings, VHF Public Coast Station Areas, and Public Safety Planning Regions.
- Antenna Structures: Antenna Structure Registration is available from the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) web site. To promote air safety, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires owners to register antenna structures more than 200 feet in height or located near an airport with the FCC. An antenna structure can be free-standing, built specifically to support or act as an antenna, or it can be mounted on another object such as a building, bridge, smoke stack, or tree. Because the Antenna Structure Registration requirements only apply to those antenna structures that may create a hazard to air navigation (either by their height or proximity to an airport), the registration files do not contain a comprehensive record of all antenna structures.
- Cellular Licenses: Cellular (47 CFR Part 22) Licenses are available from the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) web site in their Universal Licensing System (ULS). This license database does not include latitude and longitude for broadband PCS and some other technologies also associated with mobile telephone services.
Water and Sewer
- Kentucky Infrastructure Authority – Water Resource Information System (WRIS): Downloadable water and wastewater infrastructure data and internet (interactive) mapping applications.
- Kentucky Water and Sewer GIS Feature Attribute Standard is a document with recommendations for the utilities to employ in developing their own GIS databases. Utilities should use GIS to develop data that can be shared with other utilities and state agencies.
Multi-Agency GIS Organizations with Utilities
- Louisville/Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC): LOJIC represents a multi-agency effort to build and maintain a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) to serve all of Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky.
- Barren Information Technology Systems (BITS): BITS is a consortium, formed in 1992, that maintains a Geographic Information System for Barren County, Kentucky, with AutoCAD format drawings of the 499 square miles of Barren County.
- Clark County GIS Consortium: The Clark County Geographic Information System (CCGIS) Consortium, formed in 1997, was organized to provide the Winchester and Clark County community with a computer-based tool for mapping, organizing information, and analyzing places and events.
GIS Data Available to Download:
This GIS data pertains to the electric, natural gas, telecommunications, and water and sewer utilities in Kentucky. This is raw data intended for users to download and use with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Automated Mapping/Facilities Mapping (AM/FM), or Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) software. This data has been used to produce maps that are available on the PSC web page.
The following information applies to all of the data files available to download from the Public Service Commission:
This data was created using software produced by the Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI).
Data is available as ArcView (ESRI) shapefiles. A shapefile is actually composed of a minimum of three files: *.shp for the feature geometry;*.shx for the index of the feature geometry; and *.dbf, a dBASE file that stores the attribute information. These files can be used in any ESRI software and in many CADD packages.
Each data set has metadata which includes information about the spatial coordinates and their accuracy, the source of the data, and definitions for the accompanying attributes. The metadata is included as an *.xml file with the shapefiles for ESRI users and as an *.htm file for other users.
All data is provided in ZIP file format which will require unpacking for use.
In order to view the data use the free ESRI software, ArcExplorer.
Data which has relatively precise locations of utility structures is available to government agencies by written request. See PSC Procedure for Distributing Maps and GIS Data that are Security Sensitive
This data is only available to public agencies when the data will be used to serve a legitimate governmental need or is necessary in the performance of a legitimate government function. The request must include a completed Open Records Request Form and an attached page with a statement of the legitimate government need and a Use Constraint Agreement with a signature and date. The Use Constraint Agreement must read:
I understand that since September 11, 2001, location data of critical utility structures is considered sensitive information for reasons of homeland security. I will only use the information for the legitimate government function for which the information was requested and provided. I acknowledge that provision of the data, or maps made with the data, does not in itself create any rights to operate, adjust, modify, or otherwise interfere with the operation of any utility facility. Any of this data which provides location of underground facilities will never be used as a substitute for contacting a one-call center, such as 811, prior to excavation activities.
I will not publish this data or maps made using this data on a World Wide Web site with public access. I agree to maintain a list of those persons that have been provided access to view detailed maps (scale of more than 1:500,000) of this information. I will include a statement on or with any map (digital or paper) made with the data to the effect that this data is considered sensitive information for reasons of homeland security and its distribution and use is restricted. I will include additional information on or with the map pertaining to restrictions and use as included in the Use Constraint Agreement.
I will not redistribute this data to others, but shall refer requests by others for such information to the Kentucky Public Service Commission. I will give credit to the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC).
I will abide by the following data disclaimer: All information within the product is believed accurate but is not guaranteed without error. While attempts have been made to ensure the correctness of the information presented, neither the Kentucky Public Service Commission nor any party involved in the creation and compilation of the data guarantees their accuracy, completeness, or suitability for a particular use. Any reliance on the information without independent verification from the applicable utility is entirely at the user’s own risk.
Finally, I will take reasonable steps to safeguard the information against any use inconsistent with the Use Constraint Agreement and against any further disclosure or dissemination.
The request must include a completed Open Records Request Form and an attached page with a Use Constraint Agreement with a signature and date. The Use Constraint Agreement must read:
I understand that since September 11, 2001, location data of critical utility structures is considered sensitive information for security reasons. I will not publish this map or any part of it on the World Wide Web. I will not redistribute this map to others, but shall refer requests by others for such information to the Kentucky Public Service Commission. I will give credit to the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) and I will abide by the following data disclaimer: All information within the product is believed accurate but is not guaranteed without error. While attempts have been made to ensure the correctness of the information presented, neither the Kentucky Public Service Commission nor any party involved in the creation and compilation of the data guarantees their accuracy, completeness, or suitability for a particular use. All critical information should be independently verified.