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usef-logoOn SEITA’s compatibility with USEF

From its inception, SEITA has chosen to adopt the Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) for trading energy flexibility.

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We find USEF to be the right framework addressing relevant challenges with highly dynamic energy demand and supply, and believe that adopting USEF will help us to seamlessly integrate our services into the future energy market. USEF not only sets the stage for massive demand response using aggregators, but also outlines new duties for network operators and specifies interaction methods between all relevant players. Especially when demand response starts to significantly influence power flows in distribution networks, it becomes important that there’s a well-thought-out method for operators to actively resolve congestion. USEF describes these methods, and by adopting USEF our services are designed to handle these situations as routine events.

To help ensure compatibility, we’ve asked Milo Broekmans, an active member of the USEF foundation, to support us as part of SEITA’s advisory board. We are glad to receive his support as well as the extensive documentation publicly available, and will continue to develop our services to fit USEF. In turn, we hope to be able to contribute to their success by providing a fully compatible interface to distribution network operators that have adopted USEF.

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Since January 1st 2017, energy retailers in the Netherlands can sell electricity per quarter hour to anyone with a smart meter. This enables price-based demand response on a massive scale. Demand response is the adjustment of energy demand to e.g. available supply or transport capacity. Large industrial consumers already let their demand respond to fluctuating prices on the wholesale electricity market, allowing them to cut energy costs and to drive their industry on wind and solar energy. Retailers supplying energy to millions of small consumers now have access to the same advantages, but managing so much data and accounting for the uncertain demand response by small consumers is tricky.

SEITA is developing a web service for energy retailers to simplify demand response. Our service forecasts the potential for demand response of a retailer’s customers in response to flexible electricity tariffs, and suggests the right tariffs that will activate the desired demand response.

We are currently testing our prototype web service for forecasting and activating demand response in a pilot project co-funded by EIT Digital, CWI, TU Berlin and Siemens, together with Lumenaza. Follow our development and we will keep you up to date.