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In the papers today - Wednesday 27 September

Christopher Garnett, former chief executive of the train operator, GNER, says the rail franchise market will 'self-destruct' because bids are getting too high. GNER agreed to pay the government £1.3bn over 10 years for its east-coast franchise, but is struggling to meet the payments. 'The market will self-destruct as bidders bid to win on ever-tighter margins,' said Mr Garnett. 'When it goes wrong, it's going to come right back to the Department for Transport.' GNER said it was not seeking to renegotiate the franchise, but was in talks with the government over its revenue shortfall. The Guardian
One of Britain's biggest energy companies has forced its executives on to Sting's old tour bus as part of a green travel programme designed to cut carbon emissions from business flights. Scottish and Southern, (SSE), which is based in Perth but has a significant business in the South of England, has provided executives with the singer's former wheels to help them to travel overnight from Scotland to Reading, The Times has learnt. The TimesThe biggest wind farm in New York State, owned by Scottish Power's American subsidiary and its local partner, was opened yesterday near Syracuse. Maple Ridge's initial 140 turbines will be increased soon to 195, generating 320MW of renewable electricity, enough to power 160,000 average New York households. The TimesAggreko, the power generator rental company, is targeting lucrative contracts for the London and Beijing Olympic Games after it snapped up its largest competitor, GE Energy Rentals, in a $212m (£112m) deal. Aggreko has purchased the second-largest player in the temporary power market from conglomerate General Electric but does not anticipate any regulatory problems. 'This is a very, very competitive market,' Rupert Soames, chief executive of Aggreko said. The IndependentJohn Lewis has begun installing 'green' escalators in an attempt to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions. On Sunday 12 energy-efficient escalators were lowered through the roof of its flagship department store on Oxford Street. The shop is powered by 'Green Power' electricity, which comes from renewable sources including wind power, hydroelectric power, wave power and biofuels. The full set of electric-powered moving stairs, which are the longest of their kind in the UK, will be installed and running by 1 December. The refurbishments will reduce the shop's CO2 emissions by almost a quarter, a decrease of 1,300t, according to store bosses. The London Paper

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