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Energy Efficiency smart-meter-mmo

Published on January 15th, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Energy Efficiency: The Massively Multiplayer Online Game

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January 15th, 2009 by
 

Wouldn’t lowering your home energy consumption be easier and more fun if you could compete against your neighbors for bragging rights? At least one Stanford professor thinks so. At a recent climate change conference, Professor Byron Reeves proposed incorporating smart meter data into a MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game). Energy consumption in the real world would be linked to energy consumption in the game, with real-life energy savings reaping game points.

The concept has already attracted attention from the US Department of Energy and local utilities. Finding a game developer is the next step— anyone interested?

Photo Credit: Stanford

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About the Author

was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



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