Green Mountain Power commissions its first methane plant at Westminster Farms

first_imgGreen Mountain Power (GMP), headquartered in Colchester, Vermont, has added farm methane to its portfolio of renewable energy sources, which includes hydro, wind, landfill methane and a planned solar plant, with the commissioning of the Westminster Farms plant. About 1,200 cows will provide enough manure to produce about 225 kw of electricity. That’s enough electricity to power about 250 homes.”This arrangement is a winner for all involved. I want to congratulate Green Mountain Power and Westminster Farms for working together to make this project possible,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Not only does this allow Green Mountain Power to provide low cost alternative energy to their customers, but it also gives the farm a much needed revenue boost.”While generating power from manure is not a new concept in Vermont, the arrangement represents an important step toward creating a sustainable model for farmers. The farm will receive a fixed price per kilowatthour generated that will ensure that it gets enough money to keep the project profitable.”This kind of pricing arrangement makes it possible for the farmers to count on this revenue for their operations,” said Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power president and chief executive officer. “Our customers are choosing to buy renewable energy for a lot of reasons, but we often hear that helping preserve the local economy and way of life is an important factor. With so many Vermont farms closing shop, diversifying with the addition of electrical generation will help increase their chances of survival.”An added benefit, according to Shawn Goodell, one of the owners of Westminster Farms, “is the $80,000 per year savings in operation costs that we’ll have. That’s the amount of money we spend on bedding for the cows. The revenue stream from producing milk, electricity and offsets for operational cost will help ensure the viability for the farm for future generations of our family.”The project is the result of collaboration between Green Mountain Power, Westminster Farms and a number of State and Federal agencies. Westminster Farms made a significant investment of nearly $700,000 in the project. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided $358,993 in rural development grants and $348,268 in loan guarantees. The Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund of $250,000 was also crucial to the undertaking. GMP committed $175,000. The Vermont Department of Agriculture provided a $50,000 grant as well as $10,000 from the Renewable Energy for America Program.The Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), the agricultural financing program of the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA), approved $348,268 to support the digester project. “We were very pleased to help the Westminster Energy Group bring this project to fruition,” said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer. “VACC has supported several anaerobic digester projects in recent years, helping Vermont farmers realize their renewable energy goals.”Green Mountain Power customers will also help with the ongoing payment to Westminster Farms. Green Mountain Power customers have the option of choosing to purchase renewable energy through GreenerGMP. Customers opting to pay an additional 3 cents per kwh support projects like Westminster Farms, as well as power from the Moretown Landfill methane plant. In the near future solar will be added to the list as Green Mountain Power is in the permitting process for a 200 kw solar plant.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power ( is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.Source: GMP. COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – October 20, 2009) –last_img read more

CUNA, Georgia league support CU hit with frivolous ADA lawsuit

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA has partnered with the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates (GCUA) to continue its aggressive nationwide defense of credit unions facing frivolous lawsuits. The organizations filed a brief Tuesday supporting Family First CU, Hapeville, Georgia, which has been sued by a plaintiff alleging website noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).“We are proud to work with the Georgia Credit Union League to demonstrate there is no standing to bring this lawsuit,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “Meritless litigation comes at the direct expense of credit union members and does not advance the spirit of the ADA. CUNA and the leagues will continue to support credit unions affected by frivolous lawsuits and demand letters.”Credit unions around the country are facing lawsuits due to confusion over how the ADA applies to websites, and CUNA has made finding a solution a top advocacy priority.last_img read more

Jakarta, Bali prepare to welcome conventions despite rising COVID-19 cases

first_imgThe agency’s decision to allow such mass events comes after the city government’s decision on July 1 to extend transitional COVID-19 restrictions for another 14 days. Jakarta had recorded 12,857 cases as of Tuesday, with 190 new confirmed cases, making it the second-highest contributor to the nation’s total.Cucu said that Jakarta had lost trillions of rupiah in tax revenue from the tourism industry as businesses had been shut down since large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) began in March.Tourism has been severely affected by the ongoing health crisis. Indonesia recorded 163,646 foreign tourist arrivals in May, down by 86.9 percent from the 1.24 million visitors welcomed in the same period last year, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport saw an almost complete disappearance of foreign arrivals in May of this year, BPS data showed. Indonesian tourism hotspots Jakarta and Bali are preparing to welcome meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition (MICE) events as part of the provinces’ tourism rebound strategy despite the rising COVID-19 cases in both provinces.Jakarta tourism agency head Cucu Ahmad Kurnia said on Monday that the agency would issue a regulation allowing MICE events to be held at 50 percent capacity. The Tourism Ministry called for the suspension of MICE events in March to contain the spread of COVID-19.“Hopefully in the next day or two we will issue a letter to allow MICE events at 50 percent capacity. We will also allow outdoor corporate events and golf tournaments to be held in Jakarta,” he said during a webinar held by marketing consulting firm Markplus. Currently, Jakarta’s 1,530 clubs and discotheques remain closed despite the province’s decision to relax its PSBB policy, according to Cucu. In addition, 99 of the 637 hotels in the capital are closed, as are 123 of its 6,169 restaurants.As of May 31, the Jakarta government had collected Rp 1.7 trillion (US$117.5 million) in tax revenue from hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues over the year, a far cry from the 2020 regional budget (APBD) target of Rp 7.4 trillion. The figure is 27.1 percent lower than in the same period in 2019.“Jakarta’s tourism industry has been in a freefall since the pandemic hit,” he said.The island of Bali also plans to integrate MICE events into their tourism rebound plan, despite their vision to pivot to sustainable ecotourism.“We seem to have forgotten to take care of nature in the past, causing an imbalance, and therefore, nature is testing us right now. We have to instill our tourism sector with new mindsets to promote sustainability,” Bali tourism agency head I Putu Astawa said during the webinar.The agency’s 2020 action program, however, includes a plan to increase the number of MICE events held on the island by government agencies, state-owned enterprises and corporations starting in July.The island is also planning to organize a “Bali MICE Exchange” in early December, inviting domestic and international event organizers to promote MICE tourism on the island, Putu’s presentation showed.Bali Governor I Wayan Koster previously announced a three-step plan to reopen activity in compliance with “new normal” policies that included reopening the region’s popular tourist destinations to international visitors on Sept. 11 despite the high COVID-19 infection rate on the island.As of Tuesday, the island had recorded 1,940 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the ninth-highest number of regional cases in Indonesia, with 25 deaths and 1,034 recoveries, according to Bali government data.“We have been losing income for more than 3 months. While there is still COVID-19 transmission in Bali, we have to come to terms with the virus because we can’t eradicate it,” Putu said.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Week, July 10 – July 16, 2016

first_imgGovernor Wolf’s Week, July 10 – July 16, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img The Blog,  Videos,  Weekly Update This week, the governor signed legislation to finalize the 2016-17 budget that invests in our schools, dedicates funding to fight the opioid epidemic, and reduces the deficit. In less than two years, Governor Wolf has made significant progress to move Pennsylvania forward.In this compromise, bi-partisan budget, Governor Wolf was able to secure an additional $200 million in basic education funding, as well as a $30 million increase for early childhood education, a $20 million increase for special education, and a $10 million increase for early intervention, and a nearly $40 million increase for higher education. Working with the legislature, Governor Wolf has secured historic increases in less than two years.Governor Wolf was able to work with the legislature to secure $20.4 million in the budget to combat Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis and expand treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with opioid use disorder. This critical funding will enable the Department of Human Services, during phase one, to implement 20 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence that will treat approximately 4,500 people that currently are not able to access treatment.When Governor Wolf took office, Pennsylvania was facing a deficit of more than $2 billion, and while we have more work to do, today, the commonwealth’s deficit has been significantly reduced.Over the past 18 months, Governor Wolf has achieved significant progress to move Pennsylvania forward. Working with a Republican dominated legislature, Governor Wolf has secured over half a billion dollars in new money for schools along with a fair funding formula that will help school districts that need it the most. He has also won reforms that have languished for decades like modernizing the sale of beer and wine, the legalization of Medical Marijuana, and the phase out of the capital stock and franchise tax. In just under two years, and with a sometime adversarial legislative body, it is clear that Governor Wolf has secured significant victories and is making progress to move Pennsylvania forward.When Governor Wolf took office, he inherited a commonwealth moving backwards as a result of bad policies, misguided decision-making and budgets built gimmicks and smoke and mirrors.Schools were suffering from devastating cuts that resulted in larger class sizes, mass layoffs of educators, and cuts to important programs.The commonwealth was 1 of 3 states that did not have a fair funding formula.Medicaid expansion was an unbridled maze of bureaucratic red tape.Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis had grown to represent our biggest public health crisis in our lifetime.Liquor reform had languished for decades.Medical marijuana had been debated for years with no action; andCitizen’s legitimate environmental concerns had been neglected.Our deficit had grown to more than $2 billion.Governor Wolf has fought hard to turn things around and worked with the legislature to move the commonwealth forward, and in less than two years, he has made significant progress.Governor Wolf’s Week, July 10 – July 16, 2016Sunday, 7/10/16MEMO: Governor Wolf Secures Historic Increases to Education in 2016-17 BudgetMEMO: Governor Wolf Secures Critical Funding to Fight Opioid EpidemicBipartisan, Compromise Budget to Become LawRemarks from Governor Wolf’s Announcement the Bipartisan, Compromise Budget to Become Law (VIDEO)Monday, 7/11/16Governor Wolf Statement on House Bill 1948How the Budget Could Become Law Without Gov. Wolf’s SignatureTuesday, 7/12/16Governor Wolf Announces First ‘Carbon Science Center of Excellence’ in U.S. to be Established in Centre CountyWednesday, 7/13/16Governor Wolf Statement on Completion of 2016-2017 BudgetThursday, 7/14/16Governor Wolf Signs School Code, Fiscal Code, Tax Code, and Non-preferred Appropriations BillsSee What’s in the 2016-17 BudgetMEMO: What We Have AchievedWolf Signs Legislation Authorizing Ride-Sharing in Philadelphia, Urges Long-Term Legislative SolutionGovernor Wolf, Senator Wiley, Reps. Harkins and Fabrizio Secure Critical Funding in Budget to Aid ErieGovernor Wolf Announces Launch of PennDOT Traffic Website for Residents, Visitors during DNCGovernor Wolf Announces Tax Credits and PennHOMES Funding for Affordable Multifamily Developments in PennsylvaniaFriday, 7/15/16Department of Human Services Receives $3 Million Federal Grant to Fund Opioid Addiction Treatment in Rural PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces $30 Million for Abandoned Mine Reclamation Projects July 15, 2016last_img read more

Dutch giant PMT concedes decision on pension rights cut a ‘tight one’

first_imgThe €48bn industry-wide metal scheme PMT said it would reduce its yearly pensions accrual from more than 2.2% to 1.9% but keep its contribution at the current level of 18.1% of the pensionable salary.It is also to reduce its ‘franchise’ – the amount exempt from pensions accrual and for which no contribution is charged – from €15,904 to €15,554 in 2014.It said it opted, with its new accrual, for highest possible percentage under new government plans, combined with a reduced franchise.The scheme’s board said it decided to leave the premium unchanged at 18.1% to create leeway for improving PMT’s financial position. It added that the employers would increase their part of the pension contribution from 53.2% to 63.2% to allow their workers a net salary rise.This means the employers will also pay the full premium for transitional schemes for early retirement, according to PMT.The pension fund’s coverage ratio was 104.1% at October-end and must be at least 104.3% at the end of this year in order for PMT to avoid further austerity measures.Last April, the scheme had to apply a rights cut of 6.3%.Annemieke Biesheuvel, PMT’s spokeswoman, said: “It is likely to be a very tight outcome.”She said the scheme’s board could be facing a decision about a marginal cut of a few percentage points.“The question would be whether or not to apply a tiny discount, as a cut wouldn’t be good for public support for pension funds,” she said.The pension fund for metalworking and engineering has 1.2m participants in total, affiliated with 40,000 companies, and is the third-largest pension fund in the Netherlands.Elsewhere, insurance holding Achmea announced that it would shed 4,000 of the 19,000 jobs at its various subsidiaries, including pensions provider, asset and property manager Syntrus Achmea.Sources within the company said Syntrus Achmea’s 1,500 staff in De Meern, Amsterdam and Tilburg would not be affected by the cuts, apart from redundancies, as a consequence of already running and largely completed cost-cutting measures.last_img read more

Building assessment spots quake ‘red flags’

first_imgIt also urged local government units(LGUs) to craft “earthquake action plans” and for local DRRMCs to submit aninventory of equipment for Collapsed Structures Search and Rescue (CSSR). In Guimaras, according to Nuñez, thelocal DRRMC spotted barangay halls and health centers with light CSSRequipment. Asidefrom the city hall, also up for inspection are the Iloilo City National High School,Fort San Pedro National High School, Jaro National High School, MandurriaoNational High School and A. Mirasol Memorial Elementary School, La Paz NationalHigh School, Jalandoni National High School, and Ramon Avanceña National HighSchool. (With a report from thePhilippine News Agency/PN) In Patnongon, Antique, 15 buildingswere inspected. Some of these – the very old ones – were recommended fordemolition while schools in areas with a high risk of having landslides wererecommended for relocation to safer grounds. On the other hand, the Department ofEducation reported that Daragan Elementary School classrooms in Buenavista,Guimaras have major cracks on columns, walls and floors. Thenon-structural component includes ceilings, windows, doors, and partitions,among others. “We have to take seriously. Dapat handa po tayo. Tapos kung ano ‘yungmga emergency evacuation plans, just contact the OCD para tulungan namin kayo na mabigyan ng training,”said Nuñez. “Wehave not seen major defects or damage. What we saw were minor, superficialcracks that were not significant to the structural integrity of the building,”said Grecia. TheBFP also checked the condition of sprinklers and fire exits at city hall. “Wewill stop there, we will no longer proceed with the strength evaluation becausewe have not seen damage to structural integrity,” said Grecia. “Huwagna nating hintayin kung kailan gagalaw…dapat may preparedness,”said Nuñez. The assessments were in line withPresident Rodrigo Duterte’s directive for such nationwide following theearthquakes that struck Mindanao last week. OCD-6 consolidated the assessmentreports of various agencies, said Regional Director Jose Roberto Nuñez. Basedon the data gathered, the city hall was designed to withstand an intensity 8earthquake. It already weathered three earthquakes and typhoons. According to Nuñez, some local governmentunits in Negros Occidental also submitted their respective building assessmentreports – Bago City, Calatrava, Candoni, EB Magalona, Hinigaran, La Carlota, LaCastellana, Manapla, Moises Padilla, San Carlos City, Silay City, Sipalay City,Valladolid, and Victorias City. “Occupantsand visitors need not worry,” said Grecia. Thefirst step they did was to conduct a visual/physical appearance review of theseven-story city hall to spot defects, especially on the structural component.It was followed by a series of inspections and evaluations. Western Visayas has two earthquakefault lines (Panay Trench and Negros Trench). Actually, according to Nuñez, longbefore President Duterte ordered a nationwide assessment of buildings, theRegional DRRMC already pressed for the integrity assessment of all structuresvia Memorandum No. 031-2019 issued on April 23, 2019. In Mina, Iloilo, the local disasterrisk reduction and management council (DRRMC) discovered seven elementaryschools with cracks on walls and ceilings. Some school buildings were alreadydilapidated and prefabricated Marcos-type buildings were already showing theirage. The Department of Interior and LocalGovernment (DILG) checked seven of its buildings in the region. One in Jordan,Guimaras had minor cracks due to previous earthquakes. In Iloilo City, a composite teamled by the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) kicked off on Thursday the inspectionof the structural integrity of buildings, including government-ownedinfrastructures and facilities. Inspectorsfound “minor cracks located on non-structural members”. CEOStructural Engineer Cloyd Grecia said the directive was only for structuralintegrity but they also decided to involve the City Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Office (CDRRMO) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). ILOILO City – Several buildings inWestern Visayas – some located in schools – have cracks, according to theOffice of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 6, citing reports from various agenciesthat conducted earthquake building assessments.last_img read more

Mr. Excitement 40 this Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyPEORIA, Ariz. – The regular season at Canyon Speedway Park wraps up in truly exciting fashion with the running of this Saturday night’s Mr. Excitement 40 Tribute to Terry Belcher atop the 1/3-mile clay oval near Phoenix.IMCA Modifieds will take center stage in Saturday’s Mr. Excitement 40. Saturday’s action goes green at 7 p.m. after an open practice session on Friday from 7-10 p.m.Mike Strobl is closing in on the CSP Modified track title while Bryson Curry and Jay Foster split the most recent Modified action.Tickets to Saturday’s “Mr. Excitement 40 Tribute to Terry Belcher” are $16 with a $3 discount for military, seniors and students. Children ages 7-12 are $6 with children six and under admitted free. VIP passes are available for $20.last_img

Indians End 60 Year Drought & Win Ripley County Tourney-Weekend Area Basketball Scores (1-11)

first_imgWeekend Area Basketball ScoresSaturday  (1-11)Boys ScoresRipley County Tourney @ BatesvilleConsolation-South Ripley  69     Jac-Cen-Del  54Championship-Milan  72     Batesville  63Rivertown Classic @ South DearbornConsolation-South Dearborn  53     Rising Sun  39Championship-Lawrenceburg  55     Switzerland County  40Oldenburg  69     Villa Madonna  31Greensburg  74     Shelbyville  68Connersville  42     New Castle  30Providence  64    Shawe Memorial  43     West Washington  54     Edinburgh  48     Columbus North  77     Jennings County  57     Madison  94     Charlestown  69Shelby County TourneyChampionship-Southwestern Shelby  47     Triton Central  32Girls ScoresEast Central  56     Rushville  34Greensburg  70     Franklin County  14 Southwestern Hanover  44     Providence  40Shelby County TourneyChampionship-Triton Central  55     Morristown  32last_img read more

UW’s winning streak ends

first_imgAlthough solo possession of second place in the Big Ten and an outside chance of a conference title were on the line, the No. 10 Wisconsin volleyball team (21-6, 13-4 Big Ten) fell flat against their border rival No. 12 Minnesota (20-7, 14-3) 26-30, 22-30, 30-18, 25-30.”Timing is everything and [Minnesota] caught us at a time when we’re not playing our best ball,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “It took us a while to come out of the funk that we’ve been in the last five days since the Northwestern match.”The loss not only dropped the Badgers into third place, but it ended Wisconsin’s eight-match home conference winning streak dating back to last year.After the Badgers and Gophers traded points for most of game one, Wisconsin led early on at 18-17. Following a Minnesota timeout, the Gophers went on a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach as the Badgers never got within four again.Game two started out much like the first. Again, the Gophers used a 6-0 run in the middle of the match to separate themselves from the Badgers at 23-15.”For the first two games, [Minnesota] was passing much better than we were,” Waite said. “They were serving tougher and it kept us out of our offense.”Coming out of the locker room for game three, Wisconsin played with a sense of renewed energy as they led for almost the entire game. Freshman Brittney Dolgner and sophomore Audra Jeffers led the Badgers with seven and four kills respectively in the game.”They were starting to remember what a good team they are,” Waite said of the game-three turnaround. “They’ve got to get back to that. That is the thing for the last month they’ve been doing since the last Minnesota match.””They got us rattled in game three to the point where we just fell apart,” Minnesota head coach Mike Hebert said.Wisconsin started out slow in game four before using an 11-4 run to pull ahead of the Gophers 16-13. There was a sense in the Field House that the Badgers might come from behind to beat Minnesota again, as they did the last two years at home.”We made a comeback but we were still kind of spurting,” Waite said. “[Game four] wasn’t the solid game we played in the third and that we’ve shown we can play.”Wisconsin came into the game leading Minnesota in almost every statistical category so far this season. However, the Gophers beat the Badgers in every area of the game except serving.Minnesota hit .252 for the match compared to Wisconsin only hitting .173. Contributing to the Badgers low numbers was the fact that seniors Maria Carlini and Amy Bladow and junior Taylor Reineke all had a negative hitting percentage.Minnesota had four players with double-figure kills with senior middle blocker Meredith Nelson leading the squad with 17 kills. The Badgers were led once again by Dolgner, who led all players with 25 kills. Jeffers also eclipsed the double-digit figure with 13 kills.That was not the biggest surprise, however. Wisconsin came in to the match as the fifth-best blocking team in the nation, and the Gophers out-blocked the Badgers 14 to 4.5.”[Minnesota’s] passing was very solid,” Waite said contributed to Wisconsin being out-blocked. “Any time, whether it’s them passing well or us passing well, you can run your offense, (and) you can split the blockers pretty well.””If I would have told you that we would out-block Wisconsin 28-9.5 in the two matches we played against them [this year], I would have laughed,” Hebert said. “That’s how much respect I have for Wisconsin’s block. We did and that was for me the more startling statistics of the match.”last_img read more

UW following senior leaders

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald PhotoIt was a big weekend for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team. After suffering an offensive hiccup against WCHA opponent Minnesota-Duluth last weekend, Wisconsin went on to trounce non-conference opponent Robert Morris this past weekend by the scores of 10-0 and 5-0.It was an especially big weekend for senior forward Sara Bauer, who recorded three goals and three assists en route to becoming Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer with 179 points.The previous record holder Meghan Hunter has 177 points.Bauer now has 33 points on the season, which leads the nation.Bauer, the reigning Patty Kazmaier winner, was as modest as always and quick to downplay the significance of her achievement.”It’s definitely [about] the team as a whole,” Bauer said. “Nobody plays by their self out there, you’ve got two linemates, two [defenders] and a goalie … helping you out.”Any individual accomplishment, for anyone on the team, I think is a reflection of the team.”Senior defender Meaghan Mikkelson also had a huge series last weekend as she recorded one goal and five assists in the series, which is the most offense she has produced in one series during her collegiate career.Mikkelson’s 6 points gives her 22 points for the season, which is the best in the conference for defenders.Bauer and Mikkelson are also tied for the conference lead in powerplay points with 14, while Mikkelson is tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals with four.For their offensive production, Bauer was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week while Mikkelson was awarded with Defensive Player of the Week. It is the first time this season either player has received the award.”It’s nice to see Mikkelson do what she’s been able to do for the first 18 games,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “And obviously [Bauer] is … continuing to do what she did last year. After she won the Patty Kazmaier, she wasn’t complacent and she wasn’t sitting back on her laurels. She has continued to try to push herself and play at a higher level.”Bauer and Mikkelson are two of the most prominent and productive members on the team. However, just as they did last year, the Badgers have a very talented and oft-overlooked senior squad.”One reason why we’re going to be successful is … their leadership,” Johnson said. “Not only on the ice, but equally important off the ice. If Sara (Bauer) plays well and Mikkelson plays well, if Bobbi-Jo (Slusar) plays well and a couple key people in that core group, it gives you a good opportunity to win hockey games.”One of the most crucial players on the Badgers’ squad, however, is captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar, who was also a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award along with Bauer.Slusar is the anchor of a defensive line that features a nice mix of veteran and younger players, as well as being a key defender on the penalty kill and powerplay. Her career plus-minus rating is an impressive +86.Senior goaltender Christine Dufour has allowed just seven goals in her seven games this season, all of them coming in wins. She is often overlooked due to the stellar play of her counterpart, sophomore Jessie Vetter, who has made 11 starts compared to Dufour’s seven starts.Dufour holds a very impressive save percentage of .934, which leads the WCHA in goals against average and is the only goalie in the conference with zero losses. She put up similar numbers last year before losing playing time to Vetter and former senior Meghan Horras, who were simply playing hotter during the last stretch of the season.The Badgers also have the relatively unknown seniors Phoebe Monteleone and Heidi Kletzien. What Monteleone and Kletzien lack in offensive firepower, they make up for in experience and leadership. Monteleone was awarded the title of assistant captain this season and has a career plus-minus rating of +18 while Kletzien has a rating of +27.”I think we’re a good group,” Bauer said. “Obviously we’ve had some experience for the past few years … and we just take what we’ve learned and try to share it with the younger players.””With them being seniors now, they understand that there aren’t a lot of games left in their hockey career at Wisconsin,” Johnson said. “They want to get the most out of it.”last_img read more