CERAWeek canceled amid COVID-19 coronavirus concerns

On Sunday, March 1, IHS Markit executives, Lance Uggla, Daniel Yergin and James Rosenfield notified CERAWeek participants that they had made the decision to cancel this year’s event, which was set to take place next week in Houston, Texas.

They said they made the decision with deep disappointment and wrote the following:

Over the last few days concern has mounted rapidly about the COVID-19 coronavirus.  The World Health Organization raised the threat level on Friday, the U.S. government cancelled a summit meeting scheduled in Las Vegas, an increasing number of companies are instituting travel bans and restrictions, border health checks are becoming more restrictive and there is growing concern about large conferences with people coming from different parts of the world.  Delegates from over 80 countries were expected to participate in CERAWeek 2020.

Our number one concern is the health and safety of delegates and speakers, our partners, our colleagues and vendors.  We have spent the last several weeks focused on this question, established a medical partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital, have been in continuing dialogue with experts on infectious disease, and established an extensive protocol.   But the spread of COVID-19 is moving quickly around the world.

About an hour later, the IHS press team issued a press release about the cancelation.

CERAWeek hosted 5,500 delegates from more than 85 countries in 2019, including 840 speakers. The event began 1983.

“IHS Markit is committed to the CERAWeek mission of advancing insight and dialogue among the global energy community, and we will continue with CERAWeek 2021 in Houston on March 1-5, 2021,” said the show organizers, adding

“We have made this decision reluctantly and after deep consideration.”

Accenture postpones IUEC 2020

On Friday, the organizers of Accenture’s International Utilities and Energy Conference (IUEC) announced that the company is postponing the 2020 event, which was set to take place in Rome, Italy March 30-April 1.

“Given the current circumstances, we felt this was the right decision for the safety of our teams, clients and guests, which is our highest priority,” said a spokesperson for the company in a letter to attendees.

POWERGRID International was set to be at each event.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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