There is this strange bug (or so I assume) in Sim City 3000 where my neighbour deals are messed up. What happens is, I make a deal of selling power to a neighbour town, and immediately this deal gets cut off, and I'm bankrupt. But I know I have plenty of excess power to sell.
Additionally, apart from the penalty I get (for apparently being the culprit of the cut-off deal), my finances window shows another (similar) amount that I have to pay for at the end of the year (shown in the 'neighbour deals' row), but this amount gets added at another time than the penalty for the broken deal.
This has happened several times in a row.
According to the game's pie chart, I am using
708.000 MW-h of power a year, and all my power plants show they use 29% of their max. capacity.
(708.000/29 * 100) - 708.000 = 1.733.379 MW-h = the other 70% of excess power.
The neighbour deal is about me selling
50.000 MW-h a month, so obviously I can spare that amount of power.
I read something online about this, saying that the cause may be a shortage of power cables going to the neighbour town. But I installed 6 extra power cables (connecting with the respective neighbour), and my last deal was a selling of about
40.000 MW-h, where I had only 1 power cable. So an additional 6 should be quite enough.
Does anyone know what can solve this issue? I have to fix this right away, or there's no point in continuing the game, as I'm completely broke.
I've found that (at least a part of) the problem lies withing the distribution of my power. My city has a river in the center, and is built around this river on both sides. Just now, I found out that, for some reason, the power for the neighbour deal is only subtracted from power plants on just one side of the river. This causes my power plants to run at full capacity for a while (even though the deal is cancelled the very first second).
I've now built a bridge over the river, with power cable towers next to the bridge on both sides of the river. But it doesn't seem to make any difference. Does anyone know if the power should get distributed by default, or otherwise how to make it distribute some other way?
Whether this works like it's supposed to or not, there is another part of the bug; after the deal gets cancelled, when I remove the power connection to the respective neighbour, the mayor of that town notifies me of the cancellation, and again I get a penalty/fine. So that's two fines for one cancelled deal. Sweet.