Energy games

David Mackay points to the Energy Game, an interesting-looking simulation designed to educate people about the trade-offs inherent in energy policy decisions. As I note in his comments, Chevron created a (VERY simplistic) online simulation, Energyville, along seemingly similar lines.

I would be curious to understand the Energy Game's level of realism and complexity. But most importantly, as Mackay says, these educational efforts are to be applauded.

Update: Commenter Damon has a neat app which shows graphically how energy demand compares to renewable energy supply. It's easy to think of ways the display could be expanded beyond the current binary renewable/non-renewable distinction (e.g. cost, GHG emissions reduction, etc.), but it looks like the guts are there in the model...

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