the company often filed paperwork with New York City saying it didn’t have any rent-regulated tenants in the buildings it owned.

But, according to the AP, it had hundreds of rent-regulated tenants across the city.


Federal judge rules White House delay of efficiency standards is unlawful | Utility Dive

The efficiency standards were not particularly controversial when approved by the Obama Administration but were stymied by President Trumps’ vow eliminate rules and regulations he considers costly or burdensome.

The judge’s ruling means DOE now has less than a month to issue final regulations on portable air conditioners, uninterruptible power supplies, air compressors, and commercial packaged boilers. The standards for walk-in coolers, the kind used by restaurants and grocery stores, were eventually published by the White House after the lawsuits were filed.


The relationship between GSA and the hotel has drawn concern from ethics experts. The agency manages federal buildings and land, including the historical Old Post Office building housing the Trump hotel. As a result, the GSA is tasked with protecting taxpayers’ interests under a 60-year lease agreement. At the same time, the executive branch has considerable sway over the head of the GSA, which “shall perform functions subject to the direction and control of the President,” according to US law. That arrangement gives the tenant effective control over the landlord.

In addition to the GSA, multiple other federal agencies have paid Trump companies for lodging or services since Trump’s inauguration.

CNN previously reported that the US Secret Service paid the Mar-a-Lago Club $63,700 between roughly February and April of 2017. The payments were categorized as hotel costs on government expense forms.

Five key DOD contract trends | Bloomberg Government

five biggest defense contractors — Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co., General Dynamics Corp., Raytheon Co., and Northrop Grumman Corp. — all maintained their positions at the top of the defense contracting food chain in fiscal 2017. These companies also collectively maintained their share of the overall market, with about 32 percent of all defense contract spending.

New tariffs and state policy cloud Oregon’s solar growth |

It’s a mega-project, though not by California standards. That state’s 20,000 megawatts of solar capacity means that solar energy can meet half of its electricity needs — as long as the sun is shining. But it also puts California grid operators in the position of having to dump surplus electricity into neighboring states for free, then scrounge to meet power demand when the sun sets and evening demand kicks in.

Oregon, meanwhile, didn’t surpass the 300-megawatt mark until last year. Those projects deliver less than 1 percent of overall demand. The largest single plant, the 56-megawatt Gala Solar Project southwest of Prineville, was completed last year by Avangrid Renewables and Sunpower to supply power to Apple.