London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — January 25, 2007 – Steve Barker, Energy and Power Quality manager at Siemens Automation and Drives, says that the increasingly complex U.K. energy market is proving to be a problem for many companies.
In a recent address, Barker said that a combination of high energy prices, new regulations, capital expenditure constraints and concerns about security of supply are becoming a burden for companies. He believed that a lack of technical management resources is a barrier to the implementation of comprehensive energy management solutions. “Too many senior managers are so totally overstretched by day to day activity that they cannot do much beyond keeping a plant or production facility running.”
Barker suggested that everyday energy prices are only one issue – others such as new regulations, hidden power quality issues, power factor charging and other complex tariff charges are all matters which industry is struggling to understand and implement.
He suggested that companies advising industry need to be much more flexible in their approach, particularly in regard financing new equipment.