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Williams executives among world energy leaders to speak at CERAWeek

Susan Simpson

President and CEO Alan Armstrong and other Williams executives will be among world energy leaders at the 40th annual CERAweek gathering in Houston next week.

The annual event draws delegates and speakers from more than 100 countries. This year’s event will examine the challenges and opportunities of reducing emissions while supplying the needs of a growing global economy in the era of energy transition.

It’s an ideal setting to share Williams’ clean energy focus. As the first North American midstream company to set aggressive and actionable climate targets, Williams is leveraging its natural gas-focused strategy and technology that is available today to focus on immediate opportunities to reduce emissions, scale renewables and build a clean energy economy — while looking forward and anticipating future innovations and technologies.

Armstrong on Wednesday will be featured on the panel “Building Energy Infrastructure,” which will address the future of energy infrastructure, including the role of natural gas in meeting growing energy demand while reducing emissions and scaling renewables.

Chad Zamarin, Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategic Development, also will speak that day, on a panel titled “North American Gas Market Outlook: More Volatility Ahead.” The session will discuss future trends in the natural gas market, including the role of renewables such as hydrogen, as well responsibly sourced gas.

Members of our New Energy Ventures team, including Vice President Brian Hlavinka and Director of Innovation Angela John, will speak on panels as well as part of CERAWeek Innovation Agora.

“The inherent challenges of the energy transition — and the rapid transformation to the basis of the world’s $86 trillion economy that it entails — are as profound as they are vast,” said IHS Markit Vice Chairman and author Daniel Yergin. “Meeting the demands of the energy future will require new strategies, intelligent investment and plenty of innovation.”

CERAWeek is widely considered to be the most prestigious annual gathering of CEOs and Ministers from global energy and utilities, as well as automotive, manufacturing, policy and financial communities, along with a growing presence of tech. It has been described by Politico as the “industry’s Super Bowl.”