# Is it a disadvantage for a generator to supply both resistive and reactive current to its load?

Suppose

The power network 1 has a resistive load and therefore the current supplied by the generator 1 to the load is purely resistive.

The power network 2 has a resistive + inductive load and therefore the current supplied by the generator 2 is resistive and reactive.

My question is what does it mean for the generator 2 to supply both resistive and reactive current to its load? Is it a disadvantage for that generator to do so? Are there more losses?

• @Taven The losses are more $I_{Total}^2\times R$ and $I_{Total}^2\times X$. But overall, Yes. – StainlessSteelRat May 18 '17 at 13:29