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By Robert Rapier on Sep 4, 2007 with no responses

Energyville Sneak Preview

Tags: Chevron

Update: The game is now live for all at:

http://www.willyoujoinus.com/energyville/

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Chevron is going to unveil a game tomorrow called Energyville. The details are:

Chevron, one of the world’s leading energy companies, is launching on September 5th an interactive game called “Energyville,” developed by the Economist Group. Energyville challenges players to figure out how to power their city. Using a combination of energy types (solar, hydro, petroleum), the game is a simulation that takes into consideration environmental, economic and security factors to create an ‘energy management score.’ All of the data and research used during the game was sourced by the Economist Group’s research arm, the Economist Intelligence Unit. During the game, players also learn about different types of alternate energy sources and the pros/cons of each of them. After playing the game, players are invited to ‘challenge’ a friend to see if they can score better. The goal of the game is to drive overall energy literacy & create a global debate about the energy issues we all face.

Since you happened to drop by today, you can play it early if you wish. I don’t have time to look at it yet, but if anyone has some time to check it out, please post your impressions. I certainly support the objective of improving energy literacy, so if this is a useful tool, spread the word.

Here are the details:

To get a sneak peek at the game, please visit:

http://staging.energyville.com/

Username: energyville

Password: chevron_2007

Enjoy.

P.S. Heh. I gave it a quick look. I was piling on the solar, biomass, wind, and hydropower, and I suddenly got “Warning. City needs petroleum.” As far as I can tell, it forces you to use at least some petroleum.

My final energy mix in 2030 was:

Petroleum – 8.3%
Wind – 8.3%
Solar – 33.3%
Hydropower – 16.7%
Biomass – 33.3%

Then again, that was just a test run.