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Vinson & Elkins Represents Greater Houston Partnership in Alliance with Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory

A Vinson & Elkins team led by Partner Sarah Morgan is working with the Greater Houston Partnership, through its Houston Energy Transition Initiative (HETI), on a pathbreaking initiative designed to foster the development of commercial-scale, renewable energy technology.

On Mar. 19, 2024, the Greater Houston Partnership announced in a press release that it had signed a memo of understanding with the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to catalyze the development of “breakthrough carbon reduction technologies”, leveraging Houston’s leading research institutions, energy and industrial leadership, infrastructure, and technical expertise.

“As a law firm with a long history of supporting energy industry innovators, we are thrilled to work with HETI on this exciting partnership with Argonne, which will enable Houston, and the major stakeholders in the city’s energy ecosystem, to remain at the forefront of the energy transition,” said Morgan, co-head of the Vinson & Elkins’ Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets Practice Group. She is assisted on the project by Vinson & Elkins Partner Nettie Downs, Senior Associate Jimmy Chalk, and Associate Rylie Goldwait.

The Greater Houston Partnership said in its press release that the memo of understanding “will enable Houston to capitalize on its nascent, but fast-growing, energy innovation ecosystem and stimulate place-based innovation and commercialization through the creation of a decarbonization center of excellence.”

In the release, Argonne Director Paul Kearns added: “We are pleased to extend DOE national laboratory expertise and work with HETI to focus the region’s considerable energy and industrial assets, infrastructure, and talent on broad commercial deployment of needed technologies.”

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