Reporters flood week-long energy conference

Scores of reporters are joining the crowds of executives and analysts as IHS CERAWeek gets underway in Houston.

Event staff said slightly more than 200 reporters have signed up for credentials to cover the week-long energy conference. And while that’s down from last year’s high-water mark (when some 240 reporters covered the event), it is part of an overall upward trend spanning years.

The conference tripled the space it dedicates to a media press room in response to the growing demand last year.

And what happens in that press room mirrors what’s happening to the conference as a whole.

For instance, reporters from China have joined the fray — even as more Chinese energy players come to speak and hear what’s going on. The delegate list this year includes three commercial ministers from China as well as at least one representative from Sinopec, and on Thursday, a session on China’s power mix includes representatives from the State Grid Corp. of China and China Goudian Power.