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Monopoly Adds Solar And Wind Utilities To New World Edition

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Goodbye Water Works and Electric Company! Hello solar and wind!

In an effort to accurately reflect today’s global perspective, Hasbro Games has decided to ditch the traditional CO2 emitting utilities present in Monopoly since the beginning and instead add some renewable technologies. The green elements will find their way into Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition. From the article,

“In a nod to the efforts of countries worldwide to increase the effectiveness and availability of renewable energy sources, we decided to feature Solar Energy and Wind Energy on the game board,” said group executive Phil Jackson.

As Cleantech quipped, “Hasbro did not disclose how the new utilities would produce base-load power or handle peak power demands. And the issue of storage technologies was not broached.”

Of course, not everyone is happy with the decision. “It just goes to show you that people take us for granted,” said Mark Butler, chairman of the Atlantic Canada Water Works Association. Aww, did someone not win the Beauty Pageant and miss out on $50?

Of course, gone are the days when you could pick up either utility for $150. Solar and wind will cost you $1.5 million each! Dare to land on an owned utility and you’ll have to fork over 10,000 times your dice roll. Damn you inflation! Damn you!

Globe & Mail via Grist

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