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I have two cities in a region. One is out of power and all my services have shutdown, and the other city has a coal power plant with a ton of extra power.

I purchased buy from city A to city B, but nothing is happening. When I go to the region view and look at the stats for buying the power. It says Using 0 MW/154.3 MW for $0.

I thought maybe it was a server issue, but it's been like this now for two days.

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I'm confused. Most of my city is red without power, but the power stats say Needed 42 MW, 106 Capacity. With 64.5 excess

What is going on? My solar power plant says it's shut down because of a lack of workers, but I need power to get workers.

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I shutdown both power plants, and now it says -40 deficit but it's still not buying power from the other city.


Great. Now my power plants won't power back up and the entire city is dead. This game sucks.

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I asked earlier but then realized it's just because regions are still broken. Sometimes it works, most of the time it doesn't. Just wait for the fix I say. – Jeff Mercado Mar 10 '13 at 2:29
I feel like a beta tester. – ThinkingMedia Mar 10 '13 at 2:36
You know, you might have more luck trying a game on one of the newer servers. I tried to play on one of the Day 1 servers and my region just fell apart. I started a new game on one of the newly added servers and it's a definite improvement. Though, I haven't started a second city yet to test neighbor deals. – Jeff Mercado Mar 10 '13 at 2:46
Nope, still not working. I've built up a modest city in a private region. Started another city in the same region and neighbor deals are still not working, no other bonuses are in effect either (e.g., regional benefits of town halls, trade, etc.). We should not have to put up with this... – Jeff Mercado Mar 10 '13 at 8:59
@JonathanGleason I'm sure it's a game that requires a constant connection. – ThinkingMedia Mar 10 '13 at 17:46
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If your city is out of power for whatever reason it seems to take a while after you get a power plant online for power to reach the entire city. First a power plant has to get workers, then after that it seems to take a while before it actually starts supplying power.

Buying power from other cities may be buggy. I played a city for several hours buying power from neighboring cities; then saved and reloaded that city the next day only to find the city without power despite power still being available in the region (it is possible that not enough power was available) so I broke down and built a power plant and observed the city slowly get powered up.

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Power plants generate "power agents" which are those little yellow dots you see darting around the grid with the power data overlay on. These power agents make completely 100% random turns at intersections until they are consumed by a building that is not at full power. This is primarily the reason why it takes a while for the other side of the city to "turn back on" after a power outage. – michaelwritescode Mar 13 '13 at 20:18

It's a communist nation. Resources are split between all the cities in the region even if nobody owns it yet, so you don't have the freedom to choose. It doesn't matter who earned it.

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I found that the buying city must not have any power producers that have the "sell to region" box checked. Once I unchecked this in the power producers in the buying city then that city started to import power.

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