As the energy transition shifts the industry to a low-carbon future, the private investment structure is being upended by a crowdfunding startup, according to Laura Pommer, who is leveraging her expertise as a geologist to build up the online investing platform EnergyFunders where she serves as CEO.

Founded in 2013, Houston-based EnergyFunders connects accredited investors with investment opportunities in oil and gas assets. Essentially, the firm provides a new model that eliminates the expenses standing between investors and wellhead economics, delivering direct cash flow returns from both development wells (PUDs) and already-producing wells (PDPs), Pommer said.

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