The National Hydropower Plant Dataset, Version 2 (FY18Q3) is a geospatially comprehensive point-level dataset containing locations and key characteristics of U.S. hydropower plants that are currently either in the hydropower development pipeline (pre-operational), operational, withdrawn, or retired. Data are provided in GIS and tabular formats with corresponding metadata for each. In addition, we include access to download 2 versions of the National Hydropower Map, which was produced with these data (i.e. Map 1 displays the geospatial distribution and characteristics of all operational hydropower plants; Map 2 displays the geospatial distribution and characteristics of operational hydropower plants with pumped storage and mixed capabilities only). This dataset is a subset of ORNL's Existing Hydropower Assets data series, updated quarterly as part of ORNL's National Hydropower Asset Assessment Program.