USEF Foundation

USEF was founded in 2014 by seven key players, active across the smart energy industry. It grew out of the Smart Energy Collective (SEC), a Dutch multi-partner collaboration, developing smart energy technologies and services and bringing them together into five large-scale smart energy pilot projects. This work demonstrated an urgent need for a common standard for smart energy development to ensure interconnectivity in a future integrated market.

USEF’s Founding Partners had one shared goal: to accelerate the establishment of an integrated smart energy system which benefits all stakeholders, from energy companies to consumers. To date the concept of energy flexibility as a tradeable commodity has become widely adopted. Mission accomplished, USEF Foundation ended its activities 1 July 2021.



USEF Foundation partners operated from the belief that opening up the flexibility market was integral to creating a future smart energy system which offers value to all. To create this market, we need to work together, joining forces across roles and boundaries.


We aimed to contribute to the development of a common smart energy standard and shared EU framework to maximize the value of flexibility within a unified smart energy system. This offers value to all market stakeholders and promotes the adoption of renewable energy.

Guiding principles

Our starting points are clear: a well-functioning flexibility market should benefit all in the system, the activation of flexibility should be market based and the aggregator holds a central role in doing so.

We operated in a neutral role, without commercial or political bias. Three values have always been central in everything that the USEF Foundation did: Accessibility, Collaboration and Enablement.