The Permian Energy Development Lab

The Permian Energy Development Lab (PEDL) is a new collaboration focused on building on the Permian Basin’s status at the center of the global energy economy.  On March 30, 2023, PEDL signed a memorandum of understanding with seven New Mexico and Texas colleges and universities, two national laboratories, and a center for advanced energy research. The MOU reflects a shared goal of conducting advanced energy research and deployment, educating the next generation of energy professionals, and supporting energy-intensive communities and the natural resources they depend on.

Participating institutions to date include the Houston Advanced Research Center, Midland College, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), New Mexico State University, New Mexico Tech, Odessa College, Sandia National Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at El Paso, and The University of Texas Permian Basin.

The National Science Foundation announced a funding award to PEDL on May 11, 2023 to lay the groundwork for the new regional innovation engine. The grant funding—$1 million to cover a two-year period—is the first step toward a potential ten-year, $160 million NSF investment.

PEDL is a project launched and incubated by the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation. CGMF established the Mitchell Innovation Lab in 2020 to focus on emerging issues and develop a portfolio of breakthrough sustainability ideas and opportunity areas to develop, seed, and incubate. PEDL is the Mitchell Innovation Lab's first initiative. 

PEDL formally rolled out on April 2, 2024. Click here to read the news release about the kickoff of its Permian community listening tour>>

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Read National Science Foundation $1M Award News Release >>

Read MOU Strategic Partners' MOU News Release >> 

View the University of Texas Energy Week's Panel on PEDL >>

PEDL News Summary

Legendary oilman George Mitchell's Foundation Keeps His Iconoclastic Spirit Alive

Chris Tomlinson | Houston Chronicle | March 29, 2023

The Permian Energy Development Lab unveiled

Bob Campbell | The Odessa American | March 30, 2023 

The Permian Energy Development Lab unveiled

Bob Campbell | Yahoo News | March 30, 2023 

Permian Basin to be new home to an advanced energy research lab

Jennifer Presley | Journal of Petroleum Technology | March 31, 2023

Regional collaboration will build on the Permian Basin's status for the global energy community

Craig Fleming | World Oil Journal | March 31, 2023 

Consortium introduces Permian Energy Development Lab

Mella McEwen | Midland Reporter-Telegraph | April 2, 2023

Oilman George Mitchell's foundation aims to usher in a new energy era in the Permian Basin

Amanda Drane | Houston Chronicle  |  April 4, 2023

Odessa College, UTPB part of NSF funding opportunity

Bob Campbell | Odessa American |  May 19, 2023

University of Texas Permian Basin co-principal investigator in NSF grant

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Nathanial Gronewold | EnergyWire  |  April 16, 2013

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Michael R. Bloomberg and George P. Mitchell | The Washington Post  |  August 23, 2012 

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