Chevron and The Economist Group Launch Energyville Game
Play, compare, challenge: power a city and join the debate with online energy game
SAN RAMON, Calif., Sep. 5, 2007 -- Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), in conjunction with The Economist Group, today launched Energyville, an interactive online game that challenges players to meet the energy needs of their own city.
Energyville, developed using data and content provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist Group's research arm, examines the economic, environmental and security trade-offs and opportunities associated with different energy sources. To power Energyville's homes, offices, factories and vehicles, players must balance the same competing demands faced by policymakers, businesses and consumers every day.
The game spans a period from the present day to 2030, with players managing the energy supply for their growing city through random events that affect their choices and highlight the consequences of their actions. Energyville is hosted on www.willyoujoinus.com, an energy discussion forum that Chevron created.
"Energyville is an engaging way of looking at the real-world decisions that have to be made in meeting rising global energy needs," said Rhonda Zygocki, Chevron vice president of Policy, Government and Public Affairs. "Sponsoring Energyville supports our efforts to encourage a global debate of the critical energy issues. Energyville gives people an opportunity to test their energy literacy and learn for themselves the challenges in powering their own city."
Paul Rossi, North American publisher of The Economist, said: "There is no 'right' answer to the world's energy problems. Energyville was designed to show the complexities and the tough choices that have to be made to meet the energy needs of a growing, modern city. Given the importance of energy in everyone's lives, Energyville is an opportunity to stimulate and inform the debate and help create awareness around our energy choices."
Energyville represents an average industrialized global city of almost four million people. Population growth and energy demands, impacts and costs, are based on projected socio economic and energy usage data from the Economist Intelligence Unit and other organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Energy Information Administration.
As players move through the game's phases, they learn about the characteristics of the different energy sources and understand how different events affect their choices. The economical, environmental and security impacts of their chosen energy portfolio are calculated using an energy-management points system. Players can compare their scores with other players, challenge a friend and debate the results on www.willyoujoinus.com.
The Economist Group is a private company. The publications and services delivered under The Economist brand are The Economist newspaper, Economist.com, Economist Intelligence Unit, Economist Conferences, Economist Corporate Network, The World In and Intelligent Life. The group's other global brands include CFO, a publication for senior finance executives (CFO, CFO Europe, CFO Asia, CFO India, CFO China, CFO.com), EuroFinance Conferences, and Roll Call (including GalleryWatch) and European Voice (aimed at decision makers on Capitol Hill and in Brussels, respectively). More information is available at www.economistgroup.com.
Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. The company has about 58,000 employees, and Chevron's subsidiaries conduct business in approximately 180 countries. Chevron operates across the entire energy spectrum-exploring for, producing and transporting crude oil and natural gas; refining, marketing and distributing fuels and other energy products; generating power; designing and marketing large-scale energy efficiency solutions; and commercializing the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
Updated: September 2007