When you connect a capacitor across an inductive load, reactive power (Q) flows back and forth between capacitor and inductor, so (ideally) the generator doesn't need to supply Q to the load. My question is, why doesn't the capacitor supply Q to the generator as well? If only a capacitor were connected across a generator, Q would flow from capacitor->generator and vice versa. But when an inductive load is also connected in parallel, Q flows only b/w cap. and ind. and does not go towards the generator. Why is this so?