Power Overload

Performant, semi-realistic power distribution overhaul. Power poles can explode if the total electrical consumption on the network is too high. Use transformers to separate networks so that subnetworks do not take more power than they can handle.

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Power Overload


  • Power poles may explode if their network's total consumption goes over the maximum consumption for that power pole type
  • Separate your network into subnetworks using transformers, but ensure that each subnetwork does not get too large!
    • You will usually want your subnetworks to only contain one type of power pole, so power poles of different types no longer automatically connect to each other
    • Added a new "Toggle automatic pole connections" shortcut (Alt + P), useful for temporarily disabling all automatic connections
    • Transformers are only 98% efficient (this can be changed in settings)
  • New 4th tier power pole with very long range, high maximum power consumption, but no supply area
  • High energy interface that only provides electricity on one side for supplying any (primarily modded) buildings with very high power requirements
  • Four tiers of fuses which have a lower max consumption than the corresponding electric pole and are more likely to explode when overloaded
  • Each type of pole has a fully configurable maximum power consumption
  • Modes of destruction:
    • Destroy (default): Poles are destroyed (each pole checked on average every 5 seconds)
    • Damage: Poles are damaged (each pole receives damage of (consumption / max_consumption - 0.95) * 10 applied on average once a second)
    • Catch fire: Poles catch fire, damaging surrounding entities (each pole is set on fire if consumption / max_consumption + 0.01) * math.random() > 1 applied on average every 10 seconds)
    • Nothing: Nothing happens. Use temporarily when adding the mod to an existing save so that the necessary adjustments can be made first.


  • You'll want to have a central 'spine' of higher tier poles. Use transformers to branch off it into subnetworks containing lower tier poles
  • Don't forget the vanilla methods of removing wires:
    • Shift + Click on a power pole to remove all wires
    • 'Connect' two connected poles with copper cable to disconnect them
  • Useful mods:
    • Wire Shortcut X for easier connecting and disconnecting of wires
    • Rate Calculator for ensuring that a subnetworks' power requirements are not too large



At the current level of optimisation, you should expect to be able to maintain 60UPS well into the hundreds of science-per-minute.
As such, it works particularly well with smaller overhaul mods like Krastorio 2 and Industrial Revolution 2. Late-game Space Exploration or Pyanodons will likely run into UPS issues, although I do have future plans for further optimisation.


Thanks to busdriver4 for creating the amazing fuse and transformer graphics!

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