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About Grid Power

Grid Power rust plugin allows players to harness electricity directly from the Power Grid on any map by climbing Power line Poles to upgrade Transformers with components and protect their grid section, while also enhancing vanilla visuals with realistic, adjustable slack on hanging wires and lights.

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In short

Draw electricity straight from the Power Grid in Rust - on any map, be it a procedurally generated or a custom one! Ladder up the Power line Poles to upgrade their Transformers with components like Root Combiners (to replace missing/stolen/destroyed outlets that you plug into)  and Tech Trash (to permanently upgrade power output level, up to a configurable point). Maintain the service with long-lasting Fuses. But most importantly, protect your precious part of the grid from vandalism, theft and sabotage that will inevitably come from those jealous players!  Whatever you do, just be careful up there... high voltage happens to be highly dangerous. Always wear protective gear (like a hazmat suit) and don't touch the wires while they're live! As a bonus, this plugin also improves vanilla visuals with realistically hanging wires / hoses / Xmas lights, the slack of which (how loose they appear to be hanging) can be adjusted while placing. And this feature is completely optional, too. Goodbye, straight lines that look like steel rods - hello, actual laws of physics!

But don't take my word for it - let the video speak for itself:

Still not convinced? Check out this in-depth, 20+ minutes long review and tutorial by srtbull!


1.0.2 UPDATE: Introducing working Street Lights for eligible poles! The lights go on between between 20:00 and 8:00 by default.


Quick start (for admins)

Upload the GridPower.cs file to your oxide/plugins folder and you should be good to go, it's all plug-and-play. No need to restart your server! If you're loading it for the first time or it's a new map wipe, the plugin will automatically locate all Power Line Prefabs on your map, randomly choose some of them (according to chances set in the default config)  and attach extra electrical entities to them to make them functional. Those entities should persist throughout the wipe and will be replaced if missing, on every plugin reload/server restart. Each Power line Pole will be assigned a number and its position will be stored in the data. This will work on any map that contains at least one of the following prefabs:


Quick start (for players)

Locating functional Transformers

Not all Power Line Poles were made equally. Only a percentage of them (by default, 33% on average) will be functional. How do you recognise a functional one? Look up - if you see a Button attached to the top of the  Pole, and maybe even some pre-existing Root Combiner Outlets, that's it! [insert image here, maybe a player looking at a powerline pole with binoculars]

Laddering Up

Now that you have located a functional pole, you need to climb it. Normally you cannot deploy Ladders on Power Line Poles and many other places (but oddly enough, you CAN deploy them on the horizontal planks at the top of a Pole!). However, Grid Power re-implements all the client-sided deployment logic to allow bypassing of that arbitrary-seeming limitation. If you try to deploy a Ladder on a Power Line Pole, don't be discouraged by the fact that the "ghost guide" is red instead of blue/amber. Click anyway and it will force it through! Ignore the message in the chat saying that the deployment failed - just like the colour of the ghost guide, it's all client-sided and as such there's nothing the plugin can do about it, visually speaking. But trust me, everything works as intended, despite what the client messages are telling you. The Ladders can then be destroyed/picked up to be reused.


A Transformer can have up to 4 Outlets (Root Combiners). That's where the players draw the electricity from. Those Root Combiners can be damaged/destroyed/repaired/picked up with a hammer (if you have Building Privilege) any time. If there's less than 4 Outlets, right-click on a Root Combiner Item in your inventory or drag it into the Fuse Box of the Transformer. You will hear a deployment effect and the Root Combiner will be deployed on the pole. In order to be able to draw power from that Transformer, you need to put a Fuse inside. Right-click a Fuse in your inventory or drag it directly to the Fuse Box. Don't worry - inside of the Transformers, those Fuses will last for much, MUCH longer than inside regular monument Fuse Boxes. By default, a brand new Fuse inside of a Transformer Fuse Box will last you for 12000 seconds (= 200 minutes, = 3.33 hours). This value can be increased or decreased in the config. You can see how much time a fuse has left in the Transformer GUI. By default, the Power Grid will produce electricity between 8 AM and 8 PM. The power output will follow a smooth curve, being the lowest in the morning/evening, and peaking at 2 PM. Exactly how much RWs will be produced on each Outlet is determined by the Transformer's Tech Trash level. By default, each Tech Trash inserted increases the peak power output by 5 RWs (up until a certain point - by default, that level is capped at 50, which translates to 250 RWs per Outlet at peak hours). Upgrade the level by right-clicking the Tech Trash item in your inventory or dragging it directly into the Fuse Box. Inserting Root Combiners/Tech Trash is still possible even if there's already a Fuse inside of the Fuse Box. The Fuse won't be replaced as the sole Item in the slot, since Root Combiners/Tech Trash are consumed immediately.

Hooking Up & Hanging Out

Once there's at least 1 Outlet present, you have a Fuse at hand, and the Grid is currently producing power - you're all set. Take a Wire Tool, pick your favourite wire colour with the [RELOAD] button, typically R, and connect to the outputs of the Root Combiner Outlets to your own electrical devices, usually a Battery or another Root Combiner. You will notice the text on top of your screen telling you what the current Slack of your wire tool / hose tool is. You can increase it with the [DUCK] button, typically CTRL, and decrease it with the [SPRINT] button, typically SHIFT. Larger Slack value means that the wire/hose will appear to be hanging more loosely. Smaller values will make it look tighter. Values close to zero will make it look like they look in vanilla Rust - i.e. not so good in comparison 😉 The final Slack value will be applied the moment you finalise your wire/hose connection. This hanging improvement applies to anything you do with Wire Tools/Hose Tools, not just Transformer Outlet connections! For the Advanced Xmas Lights, it's even better: you can adjust the Slack of each segment individually! After you place the Advanced Xmas Lights segment down, and you're just about to place the next segment, adjust the Slack of the segment you have just placed down with [DUCK] and [SPRINT] buttons. You will see a preview of what it will make the segment look like. Placing the next segment down confirms the Slack for the segment before it.

Danger! High Voltage!

If the Grid is currently producing Power (by default, during daytime) AND a Fuse is inserted in the Transformer, all Root Combiner Outlets are considered live on that Transformer. You can tell whether a Transformer is live or not: first, check your electric devices plugged in directly to the Grid. If they're not currently receiving any charge, they're not live. Similarly, you can look at the diodes on the Root Combiner Outlets. If they're not on, the Transformer is not live either. Lastly, it's pretty clear from the Transformer GUI. If a player tries to connect/disconnect a wire to/from a live Outlet, or they're trying to pick up the Root Combiner Outlet with a hammer, and they're not wearing one of the items on a pre-approved list (see the Advanced Config section below), there is a 1.0 (100%) chance they will get electrocuted to death. Another way to guarantee electrocution is trying to clear connections named INTERNAL. Leave those alone! Wearing protective clothing reduces that chance to 1 in 10 (10%, according to the default permission profile - see below). You can set that chance to 0.0 (0%) if you want to give your players a peace of mind. Another way to guarantee 0% electrocution chance is making sure the Transformer is not live: either wait for the Grid to stop producing Power or take out the Fuse before doing anything else.

Permissions (Oxide.Grant user YourName [permission name starting with gridpower.])

By default, the plugin generates 3 permission profiles in the config - one for admins, one for normal players with no specific permissions (default) and one for VIP. More on permission profiles and config values they can handle can be found in the section Advanced Config. Unless you have added more permission profiles, only these two below are going to be used by your config:


Holders of the admin permission will also be able to run the /gp_cfg and /gp_emergency_cleanup commands


Holders of this permission will follow settings and limits associated with with that permission profile.   The permissions below are also registered, but not used by default. To use them, just create some permission profiles with those permissions as the key.

  • gridpower.vip2
  • gridpower.vip3
  • gridpower.vip4
  • gridpower.vip5

Automatic street lights

Depending on your map design, some power line poles might have lamps on them. All those lamps will now emit light, by default between 20:00 an 8:00, which just so happens to be the time when the grid production goes back to 0. You can also set the street lights to be always on, regardless of the time of day. The time settings for the street lights are independent of your power production time settings - they can overlap, one can start before midnight and end after midnight while the other one does not, etc. Those street lights will work even on non-functional power line poles, e.g those without a button on top of them. When on, the lights will flicker from time to time. How often they will flicker and how long individual flickers are going to be depends on your config - look below.

Admin F1 console/chat commands (must have ownerid/moderatorid/gridpower.admin permission)

If you're typing those commands from the F1 console or the server console, drop the preceding slash in the command name.

Will allow the admins to change non-permission profile related config values on the fly (see below)

Instantly kills all the plugin-related entities: fuseboxes, admin generators, root combiners and buttons. It won't
remove the power line entries in your data, however. All the killed entities will be re-generated
according to your current generation settings in the config next time your server restarts or the plugin reloads. If you want
to permanently get rid of them, unload the plugin, delete your oxide/data/GridPower.json, and load it back in.

/gp_pole [add/remove]
This command will allow admins to add or remove functional power line poles at any time. Just look directly at the pole you want
to modify and type the command with an argument (either "add" or "remove", depending on what you want to achieve). If you want to
add a pole and it already is functional, or if you want to remove a pole, but it isn't functional - you will get a warning.
Same if you try to add a pole, but the pole you're looking at is building blocked by a nearby monument.
"Ent killing" (or using a plugin like Remover) the power line fusebox is the equivalent of permanently removing it from the data
and it won't be re-generated any more on next reload.

Wiping your save file also automatically removes all the extra components and replaces them with new ones tailored to your map,
in accordance to your generation settings.

Configuration (oxide/config/GridPower.json and /gp_cfg console/chat command)

Vast majority of the settings can be configured with the /gp_cfg chat command. Typing it in the chat/console with no parameters should dump a rundown of config fields and their values. In order to run any of the config commands, you will need to have ownerid or moderatorid (or the gridpower.admin permission).

/gp_cfg GridConstantPower [logical values (true or false)] If set to true, the Grid will always produce electricity at its peak (100%), 24 hours a day (DEFAULT: false)
/gp_cfg GridProductionStartAtHour [fractions (like 13.37) between 0.00 and 24.00] The hour of the day when the power production starts climbing up from 0 (DEFAULT: 8.0)
/gp_cfg GridProductionEndAtHour [fractions (like 0.69, nice) between 0.00 and 24.00] The hour of the day when the power production settles back at 0 (DEFAULT: 20.0)
/gp_cfg StreetlightsConstantPower [logical values (true or false)] If set to true, the Streetlights will be on 24 hours a day. (DEFAULT: FALSE)
/gp_cfg StreetlightsTurnOnAtHour [fractions (like 20.4) between 0.00 and 24.00] The hour of the day when the street lights turn on (DEFAULT: 20.0)
/gp_cfg StreetlightsTurnOffAtHour [fractions (like 8.2) between 0.00 and 24.00] The hour of the day when the street lights turn off (DEFAULT: 8.0)
/gp_cfg StreetlightsReliability [fractions (like 0.5) between 0.00 and 1.00] The reliability of the streetlight. The less it is, the more often it will flicker. At 1, which represents 100%, it never flickers. (DEFAULT: 0.95)
/gp_cfg StreetlightsFlickerLengthMin [fractions (like 1.2) between 0.00 and Positive Infinity] The minimum random length of the flicker, in seconds (DEFAULT: 0.1)
/gp_cfg StreetlightsFlickerLengthMax [fractions (like 2.4) between 0.00 and Positive Infinity] The maximum random length of the flicker, in seconds (DEFAULT: 0.5)
/gp_cfg GeneratorChancePowerlineFunctional [fractions (like 0.5) between 0.00 and 1.00] The chance that a valid Power Line Pole will be made functional during generation. (DEFAULT: 0.33)
/gp_cfg FuseRequired [logical values (true or false)] If set to false, the Transformers won't need Fuses to produce power, just the right time of the day (if power is not 24/7) (DEFAULT: TRUE)
/gp_cfg BuildingBlockPreventsButtonPress [logical values (true or false)] If set to true, if there's any Tool Cupboards in the range of the Transformer, you need to be authorised on all of them to open the Transformer GUI (DEFAULT: TRUE)
/gp_cfg GeneratorInitialLevelMin [integers (like 7) between 0 and 1000] The lower limit for the random Tech Trash level of valid Power Line Poles during generation (DEFAULT: 1)
/gp_cfg GeneratorInitialLevelMax [integers (like 7) between 0 and 1000] The upper limit for the random Tech Trash level of valid Power Line Poles during generation (DEFAULT: 5)
/gp_cfg GeneratorInitialOutletsMin [integers (like 1) between 0 and 4] The lower limit for the random number of Outlets of valid Power Line Poles during generation (DEFAULT: 0)
/gp_cfg GeneratorInitialOutletsMax [integers (like 3) between 0 and 4] The upper limit for the random number of Outlets of valid Power Line Poles during generation (DEFAULT: 4)
/gp_cfg PowerlinePowerPerTechTrash [integers (like 7) between 0 and 1000] How much RWs at peak hours are provided per 1 Tech Trash Level upgrade (DEFAULT: 5)
/gp_cfg PowerlineMaxTechTrashLevel [integers (like 7) between 0 and 1000] The maximum level that a Transformer can be upgraded to (DEFAULT: 50)
/gp_cfg PowerlineFuseDurationSeconds [fractions (like 420.69, nice) between 0.0 and Infinity] How long (in seconds) a brand new Fuse inserted in the Transformer Fusebox will last (DEFAULT: 12000.0)
/gp_cfg FuseItemShortname [strings (like "fuse")] The shortname of the item that acts as the Fuse for Transformer Fuseboxes, must be a valid Rust item shortname
/gp_cfg FuseItemGuiName [strings (like "Transformer Fuse")] The custom GUI display name of the item that acts as the Fuse for Transformer Fuseboxes, can be anything, or left blank for default
/gp_cfg FuseItemSkinID [positive long integers (like 2783151202)] The skin ID of the Fuse item if using custom, leave at 0 to accept any items of the shortname specified by FuseItemShortname

Protective clothing (only editable through oxide/config/GridPower.json)

  "ProtectiveClothing": {
    "hazmatsuit": null,
    "scientistsuit_heavy": null,
    "hazmatsuit_scientist": null,
    "hazmatsuit_scientist_peacekeeper": null,
    "hazmatsuit.spacesuit": null,
    "boots.frog": null,
    "hazmatsuit.nomadsuit": null,
    "pants": [
    "hoodie": [

Each entry has a key (the item shortname in quotes) and a value. If the value is null, it means all possible skins for that item shortname are accepted. In the example above, we're allowing all rubbery one-pieces (value is null, so any skin) and we're also allowing pants with 1 possible skin or a hoodie with 2 possible skins to be treated as protective clothing. You will see that there's no comma after the last entry on the list. BEFORE SAVING, ALWAYS VALIDATE YOUR JSON WITH A TOOL LIKE JSON LINT!

Permission profiles

Using profiles you can quickly create/edit different permissions for different players, for example, if you have more than 1 VIP tier on your server - just add some new profiles. Different players can have different limits and permissions associated with using the Power Grid. To check which permission profile the player should fall under, the plugin goes through all permission profiles and checks whether the player has that permission granted. The permissions are checked in order, meaning that if the player doesn't have the first permission, it will try the next permission on the list, etc (similar to how Auto Kits checks which kit to give to a player based on their permissions in order). If the player doesn't have any permissions from the list granted, they will fall back to the "default" profile. That's the only one that you shouldn't remove! If you remove it, a new one with default values will be created. So if you don't want your default, non-VIP players to use the power grid, don't remove the default profile, just take away privileges in that profile (like upgrading/deploying ladders/pressing the button). You don't have to use the built-in VIP permissions - any REGISTERED permission from any plugin will do just fine! By default, three permission profiles are generate in the config: default, gridpower.admin and gridpower.vip1. The default permission profile will apply to any player who doesn't have any permissions listed in the profile list - let's have a look at it:

  "PermissionProfiles": {
    "default": {
      "PermissionRequired": "default",
      "GridCanDeployLadder": true,
      "GridCanDeployRootCombiners": true,
      "GridCanConnectDisconnect": true,
      "GridCanPressButton": true,
      "GridCanUpgrade": true,
      "GridDangerousWireElectricutionChance": 0.1,
      "HangingXmasLights": false,
      "HangingWiresAndHoses": false,
      "SubdivisionsPreview": 10,
      "SubdivisionsFinal": 50,
      "SlackMax": 5.0


  • PermissionRequired should contain an already existing permission registered by any plugin in the form of pluginname.permissionname
  • GridCanDeployLadder allows players to deploy ladders on Power Line Poles
  • GridCanDeployRootCombiners allows players to deploy Root Combiners on Power Line Pole transformers by inserting them into the Fuse Box
  • GridCanConnectDisconnect allows players to use a Wire Tool to connect their own electrical devices to the Grid
  • GridCanPressButton allows players to access the Transformer GUI
  • GridCanUpgrade allows the players to upgrade the Transformer peak output by inserting Tech Trash into the Fuse Box
  • GridDangerousWireElectricutionChance defines how likely it is that a player will die from electrical accidents, even while wearing protective clothing
  • HangingXmasLights allows the players more control over how much the Advanced Xmas Lights will be hanging (purely visual)
  • HangingWiresAndHoses allows the players more control over how much the Wires/Hoses will be hanging (purely visual)
  • SubdivisionsPreview is the number of intermediary points used while showing the hanging Xmas Lights preview catenary curve of the last placed segment. The more points, the smoother it looks. (purely visual)
  • SubdivisionsFinal is it the number of intermediary points used for the final catenary curve of the hanging wires/hoses/xmas lights. The more points, the smoother it looks (purely visual)
  • SlackMax sets the maximum "looseness" of the wire/hose/xmas lights that the player is allowed. The more the slack, the longer the wire appears overall.

API hooks (for plugin developers)

All methods utilise the [HookMethod] attribute, which means you don't call them through Interface.Call, you need to first create this field in your plugin's main class...

private Plugin GridPower;

Then, call the hooks like so. It's pretty self-explanatory what information they will provide you with.

bool isPowerConstant = (bool) GridPower.Call("GridPowerIsConstant"); bool isGridProducing = (bool) GridPower.Call("GridIsProducing"); float productionHourStart =  (float) GridPower.Call("GridGetProductionHourStart"); float productionHourEnd = (float) GridPower.Call("GridGetProductionHourEnd"); float currentGridEfficiency = (float) GridPower.Call("GridGetEfficiency");   bool areStreetlightsAlwaysOn = (bool) GridPower.Call("StreetlightsPowerIsConstant"); bool areStreetlightsOn = (bool) GridPower.Call("StreetlightsAreOn"); float streetlightsHourStart = (float) GridPower.Call("StreetlightsGetTurnOnHour"); float streetlightsHourEnd = (float) GridPower.Call("StreetlightsGetTurnOffHour");


Translation support (oxide/lang/en/GridPower.json)

Almost every string the players see, including the text displaying in the chat and the GUI, can be edited. Just load the plugin and let it generate the file - after you edit it, reload the plugin.

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