This week, we are publishing a white paper that maps the range of current flexibility products, markets and regulations deployed across Europe. These are mapped according to the USEF Flexibility Value Chain, USEF Aggregation...

User Community Meeting March 2020

The main goals of the second USEF User Community Meeting was to exchange knowledge across different USEF users to learn from each other, to involve active users in the improvements of the USEF Framework...

Practical deployment of electric vehicle flexibility

The case study: ‘Paper on practical deployment of electric vehicle flexibility’ was recently published. Smart charging, a term more frequently heard, this paper explains how smart charging is used in practice to valorize electric...

USEF Flexibility Trading Protocol Specification

This January we have launched the first version of the USEF Flexibility Trading Protocol (UFTP) specification. UFTP is a new and simplified version of USEF specifications especially focusing on the DSO-Aggregator interface, which can...

Coming soon: User community meeting

For both Dutch and international members, we are organising another User Community meeting early 2020. We will be presenting UFTP to a wider audience and discuss its implications and possible next steps together. With...

First Founding Partner Meeting

Since July of this year, USEF has entered a new phase, facilitating market standardisation under the leadership of DSOs Alliander and Stedin. Our founding partners ABB, DNV GL, IBM and ICT Group remain involved...

UFTP: simplifying the DSO-AGR interface

UFTP is our new favourite four letter abbreviation. The USEF Flex Trading Protocol is a new and simplified version of USEF specifications for the DSO-Aggregator interface. In our User Community three Dutch DSOs (Stedin,...
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Interactive documentary about the future energy market wins Energy Institute Award

London, UK, 9 November 2019 – Balance of Power, the documentary-style ‘serious game’ about our future energy market, has been awarded the Energy Institute Award in the category Public Engagement. Balance of Power is an interactive film about the design of integrated smart energy markets. In 25 minutes, viewers are taken along to play out…

Interactive film to unlock the future energy market

  Arnhem, 2 October 2018 – USEF Foundation launches ‘Balance of Power’, a serious game to promote better understanding of future energy market challenges and potential solutions. The interactive documentary-based game is aimed at people with a non-technical role in the energy transition such as politicians, local authorities and entrepreneurs. The storyline evolves as players…

Dutch market model for smart energy wins two awards at the 8th European Smart Energy Awards

At the award ceremony of the European Smart Energy Awards in London, USEF Foundation and smart energy pilot ‘EnergieKoplopers’ have received the Energy Market Innovation of the Year Award and the Smart Energy Roll Out Innovation Award. The Smart Energy Awards are part of the Smart Energy UK & Europe Summit in London. They are…

Press release Actility DNV GL

BARCELONA, Spain – 15 November 2016 – Actility, innovator in smart grid applications such as demand response, is the first company to be declared compliant with the majority of requirements of USEF. USEF is an open standard intended to accelerate an integrated smart energy future that is efficient, sustainable, and cost effective. The audit of…

OpenADR and USEF take first steps to standardize flexibility programs

OpenADR Alliance, USEF Foundation Partnership takes first step to standardize flexibility programs Updated OpenADR Demand Response Program Guide to Include New Program Templates for Europe MORGAN HILL, Calif., OCT. 12, 2016: The year-long collaboration between the OpenADR Alliance and USEF (Universal Smart Energy Framework) Foundation has already resulted in the creation of several new Demand…

USEF wins European Smart Energy Award 2016

Universal Smart Energy Framework wins Smart Grid Network & Communication Award at the European Smart Energy Awards  European Smart Energy Awards 2016 recognises excellence, innovation and creativity in the Smart Energy Industry and acknowledges those who are playing a defining role in moving the industry forward Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) delivers one common standard…

USEF and OpenADR announce MoU

USEF and OpenADR sign strategic Memorandum of Understanding fostering cooperation in connecting and optimizing smart energy systems  Memorandum of Understanding aims to support large-scale deployment of demand-side flexibility by establishing a world-wide standard that enables interoperability between appliances and operators of demand response programs Partners to coordinate positions and develop USEF specific OpenADR demand response…

USEF launch press release

New market model enables trade in flexible energy use Vienna, 3 November 2015  – A consortium of seven Dutch energy market players presented the Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) during the European Utility Week in Vienna. USEF describes a new market model enabling trade in flexible energy use and helping all participants in the energy…

USEF nominated for award


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Dec 07 2016

Closing conference Smart Energy Collective

Nov 28 2016

End Symposium EnergieKoplopers

Nov 17 2016

European Utility Week

Feb 02 2017

8th Smart Energy UK & Europe

The 8th Annual Smart Energy Europe & Future Utility Summit 2017 will be held in London. A 2-day event packed full with multiple conferences and the exclusive 8th Annual Smart Energy Awards Ceremony.

Jun 26 2017

Innogrid 2020+

InnoGrid2020+ is THE EU event on innovation in electricity networks. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) will focus this sixth edition on the arising network of networks, where power grids and transport, telecom and IT, digital and physical link up in an unprecedented manner. Special attention will be devoted to the rapidly evolving transmission-distribution interface.

May 11 2017

3rd Annual European Ancillary Services & DRM Forum

A meeting on ways to achieve a better integration of flexible demand - network management and energy market objectives

May 19 2017

Smart steering: ready to scale or not?

TKI Urban Energy initiative with formal titel 'Slimme Aansturing vóór en achter de meter, klaar voor grootschalige toepassing of nog niet?'

Oct 03 2017

European Utility Week

USEF, its associated professionals and its demonstration projects will be well represented at European Utility Week in Amsterdam. Come and meet us to learn more about our work and share ideas about the development of an integrated flexibility market.

Oct 26 2017

From Energiewende to Energy Transition: European Perspectives on Smart Energy Systems

In Germany the process of „Energiewende“ which stands for energy transition has been started almost two decades ago. Nowadays, we entered the second phase of energy transition: Integrating large shares of RES into the digitized, smart energy system.

The large-scale project WindNODE from northeastern Germany wants to start a joint discussion with different European regions that face similar challenges when it comes to the next steps of energy transition. It aims at initiating an exchange of ideas and know-how within Europe and looking forward to a future energy union. USEF will present their thoughts on increasing harmonisation in Europe.

Nov 28 2017

WindEurope Conference

As the wind industry continues its unprecedented growth, join over 8,000 participants this November for the WindEurope Conference & Exhibition in the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre. For three days this November, Amsterdam will become the epicentre for knowledge exchange, thought-leadership and debate in the wind energy sector.

35 conference sessions covering 8 topics will keep attendees up to speed with the latest innovations and insights relevant to every aspect of the wind sector, including market developments, supply chain, turbine technology, and much more. USEF will present during the first day of the conference.

Nov 20 2017


FLEXCON 2017 explores this new era of ‘Flexible Energy’ by hosting a 2 day event where all disciplines, platforms, technologies, knowledge and experience come together for a ground breaking conference.

Feb 07 2018

E-world energy & water 2018

E-World Energy& Water 2018 is Europe's leading energy trade fair. This will take place from 6-8th February. USEF will be presenting on the 7th of February in a new forum on Trading & Finance.

May 15 2018


On 15 and 16 May INNOGRID2020+ will take place in Brussels. The EU event on innovation in electricity networks, will give the word to high level European policy makers, researchers, project developers but also grid users and citizens. It will look at the next decade challenges and will provide insights and solutions through innovative projects, demonstrators and pilots, and global best practices.

May 23 2018

6th European Grid Integration & Electricity Ancillary Services 2018

6th European Grid Integration & Electricity Ancillary Services is an annual event gathering experts and decision-makers responsible for TSO markets, Market Development, Networks and Balancing, Regulatory Affairs from European TSOs, DSOs, Power Generators and Power Trading companies to brainstorm on grid stability challenges and innovations, flexibility updates, RES integration and ongoing regulations among other important issues on the agenda today.

Nov 06 2018

European Utility Week 2018

From 6 - 8 November the European Utility Week will take place in Vienna, Austria. The European Utility Week host the environment for all key players in the smart energy ecosystem to come together and discuss European strategy to achieve a smooth transition towards a low carbon energy supply. 

May 13 2019

International Energy Agency Workshop

Vienna: International Energy Agency Workshop of the Experts’ Group on R&D Priority

Jun 28 2019

Presentation at the Florence School of Regulation

Florence: Presentation at the Florence School of Regulation “What’s in it for all of us? The new role(s) of consumers”

Sep 24 2019

Founding Partner Meeting

Nov 09 2019

Energy Institute Awards