Energy news in brief

** Wisconsin’s largest utility reports industrial power usage is down 18% since a statewide stay-home order was issued in March while total retail sales are expected to drop 5% over the next nine months. 

** Murray Energy creditors seek permission to sue founder Robert Murray and family members to recover $71 million in alleged excessive compensation in the years leading up to the company’s bankruptcy. 

** County officials in eastern Nebraska delay voting on a moratorium on wind development to gather more information and public input.

** Some Illinois and Iowa lawmakers say the Trump administration is ignoring corn growers and ethanol producers in favor of the oil industry.

** A Missouri editorial board says a statewide moratorium on utility shut offs would “help reduce the massive stresses” weighing on residents who are unable to work during the pandemic.

** The Senate voted Monday to confirm Robert Feitel to be inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — the first action taken by the chamber upon its return to Capitol Hill amid the coronavirus pandemic. The commission has been without a Senate-confirmed inspector general since the end of 2018, when Hubert Bell Jr. retired.

** A Colorado cooperative alleges in a lawsuit that Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association engaged in fraud for years to prevent the co-op from leaving.

** Rockies Express Pipeline wants FERC to assert its jurisdiction over a gas transportation agreement with a Colorado-based shipper believed to be filing for bankruptcy.

** California is suing two gasoline trading companies, alleging they manipulated prices at the pump in the aftermath of a 2015 refinery explosion.