My understanding is that the cost of the raw materials IS acounted for. Be sure to nag if George does not confirm this.
I'm fairly sure it's incorporated
As for the petrolium consumption, it can also be used for power generation. Even if you have no petrolium based power plants, cities generate power on their own and this is petrolium based power. If you have enough clean ways to make power it will use those first and avoid consuming petrol but otherwise that will add to your demand.
I just wanted to say that this is wrong. It will not use alternative resources.
It will use a % of total production (aslong as all facilities are active)
(talking very abstractly)
if a region needs 500 units of power and u have 8 powerplants each with the ability to produce 100 units of power. 3 nuclear, 2 coal, 3 oil powerplants.
The cheapest layout would be; 3 nuclear + 2 coal (aslong as all good prices stay normal)
nuclear is 60%
coal is 40%
Now u can let ur powerplants run at overcapacity.
The following layout would be; 3 nuclear + 2 coal + 3 oil
nuclear is 37.5%
coal is 25%
oil is 37.5%
Now practictly speaking, u could just disable the oil powerplants to reduce oil consumption, however, there are just like u said, city power use, and this is run by oil and u can't effect this so in return u will always use oil no matter what u do (unless u use a scenario where no city energy production is present)
There is a way to see EXACTLY where it's going. In production, select Petrol. In the second panel, fifth button, Comsuption/Usage details will tell you where your petrolium is being used.[/quote]
I would absolutely LOVE it if I was actually ABLE to prioritize the allocation of resources.
I noticed that last time in a war my oil production was...minimal, however it would have been enough just to power my units so that they could take over the enemy territories...however this was impossible since petrol demand by population sucked the resources away faster then that the oil could arrive at my troops
Able to allocate these oil resources to where u deem them most neccesary
that would be awesome