Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA) carries the information service for the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, with special focus on innovations and energy sector. It gathers processes and disseminates information related to the increase of energy efficiency, using of renewable energy sources, combined heat and power and the development of innovation activities.
SIEA has been established by the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic as a professional state subsidy organization which makes an important contribution in the achievement of governmental energy policy objectives, principally by promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and renewables. Agency activities before 1989 were covered by Czechoslovak State Energy Inspection and after the split of the state in 1993 by Slovak Energy Inspection – Energy Agency. Both can be seen as competence centers for control of management with fuels and energy. They functioned as advisory bodies for the rationalization in the energy use and provided trainings for energy experts as well as consultations about efficient use of energy in different sectors of economy. Slovak Energy Agency (SEA) was separated from the State Energy Inspection in 1999. Conditions for this separation were created by the Act n. 70/1998 on energy, amending the Licensing Act. Decision of Minister of Economy n. 18/2007 changed the name of the organization on the current Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA). Innovations became an important part of SIEA focus and competences. Therefore it is clear that many of SIEA specialists have longlasting experience with analysis and professional consulting in the field of energy savings, utilization of renewable energy and development of innovations.