On the Blogs: Growing Body of Research Finds Net Benefits in Rooftop Solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mark Muro and Devashree Saha for the Brookings Institute:Does net metering really represent a net cost shift from solar-owning households to others? Or does it in fact contribute net benefits to the grid, utilities, and other ratepayer groups when all costs and benefits are factored in? What does the accumulating national literature on costs and benefits of net metering say?  Increasingly it concludes— whether conducted by PUCs, national labs, or academics — that the economic benefits of net metering actually outweigh the costs and impose no significant cost increase for non-solar customers.  Far from a net cost, net metering is in most cases a net benefit—for the utility and for non-solar rate-payers.By the end of 2015, regulators in at least 10 states had conducted studies to develop methodologies to value distributed generation and net metering, while other states conducted less formal inquiries, ranging from direct rate design or net-metering policy changes to general education of decision makers and the public. And there is a degree of consensus.In 2013 Vermont’s Public Service Department conducted a study that concluded that “net-metered systems do not impose a significant net cost to ratepayers who are not net-metering participants.” The legislatively mandated analysis deemed the policy a successful component of the state’s overall energy strategy that is cost effectively advancing Vermont’s renewable energy goals.In 2014 a study commissioned by the Nevada Public Utility Commission itself concluded that net metering provided $36 million in benefits to all NV Energy customers, confirming that solar energy can provide cost savings for both solar and non-solar customers alike. What’s more, solar installations will make fewer costly grid upgrades necessary, leading to additional savings. The study estimated a net benefit of $166 million over the lifetime of solar systems installed through 2016. Furthermore, due to changes to utility incentives and net-metering policies in Nevada starting in 2014, solar customers would not be significantly shifting costs to other ratepayers.A 2014 study commissioned by the Mississippi Public Services Commission concluded that the benefits of implementing net metering for solar PV in Mississippi outweigh the costs in all but one scenario. The study found that distributed solar can help avoid significant infrastructure investments, take pressure off the state’s oil and gas generation at peak demand times, and lower rates. (However, the study also warned that increased penetrations of distributed solar could lead to lower revenues for utilities and suggested that the state investigate Value of Solar Tariffs, or VOST, and other alternative valuations to calculate the true cost of solar.)In 2014 Minnesota’s Public Utility Commission approved a first-ever statewide “value of solar” methodology which affirmed that distributed solar generation is worth more than its retail price and concluded that net metering undervalues rooftop solar. The “value of solar” methodology is designed to capture the societal value of PV-generated electricity. The PUC found that the value of solar was at 14.5 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh)—which was 3 to 3.5 cents more per kilowatt than Xcel’s retail rates—when other metrics such as the social cost of carbon, the avoided construction of new power stations, and the displacement of more expensive power sources were factored in.Another study commissioned by the Maine Public Utility Commission in 2015 put a value of $0.33 per kWh on energy generated by distributed solar, compared to the average retail price of $0.13 per kWh — the rate at which electricity is sold to residential customers as well as the rate at which distributed solar is compensated. The study concludes that solar power provides a substantial public benefit because it reduces electricity prices due to the displacement of more expensive power sources, reduces air and climate pollution, reduces costs for the electric grid system, reduces the need to build more power plants to meet peak demand, stabilizes prices, and promotes energy security. These avoided costs represent a net benefit for non-solar ratepayers.These generally positive PUC conclusions about the benefits of net metering have been supported by research done by a national lab and several think tanks. Important lab research has examined how substantially higher adoption of distributed resources might look.In a forward-looking analysis of the financial impacts of net-metered energy on utilities and ratepayers, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab found that while high use of net-metered solar generation may decrease utility shareholders’ earnings, it will have a “relatively modest” impact on ratepayers. The report examined solar penetration levels that are “substantially higher than [those that] exist today” — 10 percent compared to today’s 0.2 percent — and concluded that “even at penetration levels significantly higher than today, the impacts of customer-sited PV on average retail rates may be relatively modest.” The report further said that utilities and regulators “may have sufficient time to address concerns about the rate impacts of PV in a measured and deliberate manner”Similarly, a growing number of academic and think tank studies have found that solar energy is being undervalued and that it delivers benefits far beyond what solar customers are receiving in net-metering credits:For instance, a review of 11 net metering studies by Environment America Research and Policy Center has found that distributed solar offers net benefits to the entire electric grid through reduced capital investment costs, avoided energy costs, and reduced environmental compliance costs. Eight of the 11 studies found the value of solar energy to be higher than the average local residential retail electricity rate: The median value of solar power across all 11 studies was nearly 17 cents per unit, compared to the nation’s average retail electricity rate of about 12 cents per unit.A 2015 cost-benefit study of net metering in Missouri by the Missouri Energy Initiative found that even accounting for increased utility administrative costs and the shifting of some fixed expenses, net metering is a net benefit for all customers regardless of whether they have rooftop solar. The study used values for two kinds of costs and two benefits and concluded that net metering’s “net effect” is positive. The typical solar owner pays only 20 percent less in fixed grid costs and costs the utility an estimated $187 per interconnection. Meanwhile, solar owners benefit the system through reduced emissions and energy costs.Likewise, a study by Acadia Center found the value of solar to exceed 22 cents per kWh of value for Massachusetts ratepayers through reduced energy and infrastructure costs, lower fuel prices, and lowering the cost of compliance with the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas requirements. This value was estimated to exceed the retail rate provided through net metering.In yet another study, researchers at the University at Albany, George Washington University, and Clean Power Research have found that solar installations in New York deliver between 15 and 40 cents per kWh to ratepayers. The study noted that these numbers provide economic justification for the existence of incentives that transfer value from those who benefit from solar electric generation to those who invest in solar electric generation.In short, while the conclusions vary, a significant body of cost-benefit research conducted by PUCs, consultants, and research organizations provides substantial evidence that net metering is more often than not a net benefit to the grid and all ratepayers.Full item: Rooftop solar: Net metering is a net benefit On the Blogs: Growing Body of Research Finds Net Benefits in Rooftop Solarlast_img read more

United Against Natural Disasters

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo December 12, 2017 Aviation Major General Eladio Casimiro González Aguilar made a commitment when he took over as commander of the Paraguayan Air Force (FAP, per its Spanish acronym) in November 2016: to lead the FAP with ethical and moral standards. A year after, Maj. Gen. González reaffirmed his professional and institutional responsibilities.Optimistic about the advances within FAP, Maj. Gen. González stressed his institution’s role in promoting regional integration as a tool to support natural disaster relief efforts. During his participation in the South American Air Chiefs Conference, October 31st–November 3rd, 2017, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, Maj. Gen. González spoke with Diálogo about FAP’s challenges, international cooperation, and threats to national security.Diálogo: Why is FAP’s participation in this conference important?Major General Eladio Casimiro González Aguilar, FAP commander: Because it allows for interaction with countries in the region and achieving greater interconnection among the continent’s air forces. It also gives us a chance to understand a little more about the assets of each air force to tackle humanitarian aid operations.Diálogo: What is your assessment of the participation of South American air forces at this conference?Maj. Gen. González: The conference allows us to gain knowledge about the air forces. There are issues we all deal with in general, but, through this event, with the presentations of different air forces, including the United States Air Force, we reach a much broader scale. It was quite interesting everything we learned and evaluated with each commander’s presentation on the particular situation of their country, the natural disasters that occurred in their territory, and the help they provided. The natural disaster issue doesn’t only affect our continent—it’s a global issue.Diálogo: What is FAP’s experience with aid in response to natural disasters?Maj. Gen. González: In comparison with other countries that experience natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, and tornadoes, I can say that our country is blessed because we don’t have many natural disasters. These tragedies hit us a bit less, but we also can’t escape climate change and what’s happening around the world. As we’re less exposed to severe conditions from natural disasters, our Armed Forces, and especially the Air Force, participates very little in this context. However, we’re always training for it.Diálogo: Paraguay is a member of the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA, per its Spanish acronym). What is your country’s participation in this organization?Maj. Gen. González: SICOFAA is a very important system that facilitates closer ties among air forces and conducting air operations—whether through training opportunities or real operations. It’s a system of mutual aid among all countries and air forces of Latin America. One of the topics discussed during the conference is the need to optimize SICOFAA and be more in touch with different state and international bodies, like ministries of foreign affairs, diplomatic offices, etc. SICOFAA is a very useful tool.Diálogo: How does FAP work with the rest of the air forces in the region?Maj. Gen. González: We always work very closely with neighboring countries. Geographically, we are at the center of South America, which is why we are called “the heart of the Americas.” Overall, our country has a very good relationship with neighboring countries, even more so when it comes to air forces and the fact that we belong to SICOFAA. We always conduct exercises, and, if a real humanitarian emergency presents itself, we can use all the resources available to support a country in need. We also try to coordinate certain events and activities with other countries, especially at the regional level with Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil.Diálogo: What is your main challenge?Maj. Gen. González: First and foremost to provide our personnel with the resources they need. And for that, we work on several projects, such as the acquisition of aircraft, radars, and all kinds of equipment. The second challenge is preparation, training, and specialization of all personnel, to keep our human resources up to date on anything related to technology. To that end, we work with other countries in the region, especially the United States, sending personnel to get training and skills in areas useful to FAP.Diálogo: What is the importance of FAP’s relationship with the U.S. Air Force?Maj. Gen. González: We are going through a great moment in our bilateral relations, directly with the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation in Paraguay, headquartered in Asunción. We work very well. We carry out personnel exchanges, primarily with education of military peers and military attachés in our country. FAP has a liaison officer who serves the Office of Security Cooperation, a situation that really facilitates coordination. For example, in these types of conferences, before meeting with Embassy personnel, invitations are handed out and our participation in an event or seminar is looked into. This not only happens with our officers; we also invest a lot in the education of our non-commissioned officers.Diálogo: Narcotrafficking is one of the threats to security in Paraguay. How does FAP help fight this threat?Maj. Gen. González: This is quite a complicated scenario because transnational organized crime not only transports drugs but also engages in smuggling arms and other contraband, money laundering, human and organ trafficking. We have land borders, especially with Brazil, that allow criminal gangs or narcotraffickers to pass through or establish themselves in certain areas of the country. We support other state institutions on a daily basis because, due to legal provisions, we cannot combat narcotrafficking directly. For example, we support the National Anti-Drug Secretariat and the National Police, the institutions responsible for combating drug traffickers.Diálogo: What is your message to air forces of Latin America?Maj. Gen. González: On behalf of FAP and all the men and women under my command, I want to tell them as a partner nation, as a partner air force, we are at their disposal in any way useful within our limitations. I know that the sentiment is mutual. Our message is one of friendship, professionalism, and unity to work better as a team for our region, for our continent, and have a short-, medium-, and long-term future beneficial to all.last_img read more

Knowing this distinction could boost your credibility

first_imgUnderstand that writing is a process. Whether crafting a simple social post, an email, or a white paper, the process involves thought, drafts, edits, and rewrites. Make sure to include a writing refresher course in the professional development plan you outline for yourself or your team. “John Doe and I are grateful for your invitation.”  I’m sure you agree that these sentences are written correctly. Watch what happens when we add John Doe to the first-person pronoun. Misplacement of “I” and “me” in a sentence can make you seem less credible. Consider these sentences: Although I have written about this on several occasions over the years, the single grammar faux pas that I see in print almost as much as I hear in verbal exchanges involves confusion around subjects and objects.  7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details Grab a ruler and let’s diagram a sentence! Before you roll your eyes, read further. This is not to say that all businesspeople need to be professional writers or creative writers. Some basic grammar rules, however, seem to be turned upside-down and repeated so often that they are becoming normal. I wonder if this is a result of our tendency to trust what we see in print. Either way, it is always a good idea to keep a grammar reference guide handy and to subscribe to a credible grammar publication for continual edification. I share a few at the end of this brief article. In the immortal words of Columbo, just one more thing… Thanks to online networking, more businesspeople are writing more frequently than just a decade ago. Most of us are conscientious about the content we make public but how many of us take time to consider the way we structure our social posts and emails? How conscious are we about grammar?  No harm there, right?  The first-person pronoun, whether compounded or not, is always “I” as the subject of a sentence and “me” as the object of a sentence. It is correct to say, “Your invitation surprised John Doe and me.”  If as a child you recall being corrected when you said, “John and me,” it was likely because the duo was the subject of a sentence rather than the object. This is why it is important to understand the parts of a sentence. Time spent diagramming sentences in the sixth grade was not wasted after all. No need to worry if you can no longer find your old notebooks. We have access at our fingertips to a bevy of excellent resources. Here are a few of my go-to grammar/writing sites: While it is widely accepted that social media is casual, the difference between colloquialisms and incorrect grammar is usually obvious, and the latter could chip at your professional credibility. “I am grateful for your invitation.”“Your invitation surprised me.” ·       Grammar Book·       Grammar Girl (aka Quick and Dirty Tips)·       The Purdue Writing Lab The problem comes when the compound subject becomes a compound object. Just as “Your invitation surprised I” sounds and is incorrect, so too is “Your invitation surprised John Doe and I” yet this mistake is rampant.last_img read more

Eurostat: In Croatia, the collaborative economy is pronounced when booking accommodation and transport

first_imgCollaborative economics refers to a set of practices, models, and platforms (websites or applications) that offer individuals access to goods and services through collaborative platforms. Among the Member States of the European Union, countries where online peer-to-peer transactions for accommodation services were most popular were Luxembourg (46%), Ireland (34%) and Malta (30%). Such transactions are least popular in the Czech Republic (5%), Cyprus (5%) and Latvia (8%). The citizens of Croatia are approximately in the middle of the list with 19 place. According to a 2019 survey on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) among individuals and in households, 21 percent of individuals aged 16 to 74 in the European Union have used websites or applications to book accommodation from another person in the previous period since 12 months. Online transportation service arrangements were less popular – only 8 percent of individuals used an app or website to purchase transportation services from another person in the same period. Individuals who have arranged accommodation or transportation from another private person online in the last 12 months Source / photo: Eurostat; European Comissioncenter_img Online peer to peer bookings of transport services are most popular in Estonia (29%), Ireland (26%) and Malta (25%), while the lowest share is recorded in Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus (all 2%). In terms of transport services, Croatia is in 6th place with 22 place online peer to peer transportation arrangements. Most respondents used dedicated websites or applications, but other websites or applications (including those from social networks) were also used. You can find more about the Eurostat survey HERE.last_img read more

EPL: Jesus strike helps Man City survive Wolves fightback

first_imgAt that stage it seemed a case of how many the visitors would get, with Foden and Raheem Sterling both going close and Wolves keeper Rui Patricio making two decent saves. Manchester City held off a second-half Wolves fightback to begin their quest to regain the Premier League title with a win at Molineux.City did the damage in a superb first half as Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden, playing for the first time since being sent home from England duty in disgrace, both found the net. Promoted ContentEd Sheeran’s 8 Best CollaborationsHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Secret Origin Stories Of Modern Mouth-Watering Meal12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were Kids FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… However, City ran out of steam after the break.Phil Foden has been directly involved in 22 goals in 33 starts for Manchester City (12 goals, 10 assists)Read Also: Novak Djokovic returns with fifth Rome titleDaniel Podence twice went close for the hosts and Kyle Walker hacked a scuffed Ruben Neves shot off the line, before Raul Jimenez, scorer of 27 goals last season, netted for the second time in this one 12 minutes from time.However, Wolves were unable to repeat last term’s exploits, when they came back from 2-0 down to win this fixture, and Gabriel Jesus’ injury-time effort sealed victory for Pep Guardiola’s side.last_img read more

McIlroy secures Dubai spot

first_img “It was a good week. It was a step in the right direction for sure,” said McIlroy, who moved up to 38th in the Race to Dubai. “I don’t think anyone could have competed with Dustin this week. He played very, very well and obviously is a deserved champion. “I just didn’t make enough birdies. I didn’t take advantage of the par fives today and some of the short par fours. It’s probably one of my only bogey-free rounds of the year but it just didn’t contain enough birdies. It’s something to build on and nice to go into an off-week now and I know that I’m into Dubai.” McIlroy, who remains without a win in 2013 after five victories last year, added: “It would have been nice to try to get a win. I have three more tournaments left this year and I want to try to finish the season strongly. Obviously I have good memories going to Dubai from winning there last year, so hopefully I can put up a strong defence of my title there.” Ryder Cup team-mate Luke Donald is not absolutely certain of his place in Dubai, but did move up from 61st to 55th on the standings after finishing joint 31st on six under. Having decided not to play in next week’s Turkish Airlines Open, McIlroy had to climb from 62nd in the money list – which he won last year – to inside the top 60 to qualify for Dubai, and did so with plenty to spare. The former world number one held a two-shot lead after an opening 65, but a second-round 72 ultimately proved costly and a closing 69 left him nine shots behind winner Dustin Johnson. Press Associationcenter_img Rory McIlroy enjoyed a rare bogey-free round to finish joint sixth in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and secure his place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.last_img read more

Bob and Doug Dock Dragon at ISS Live

first_imgDragon Endeavour has completed the first half of her round trip mission to the space station. Spacecraft Commander Doug Hurley and Joint Operations Commander Bob Behnken have “Captured the Flag” as the first crew to reach the ISS from the United States since the last Space Shuttle mission in 2011.Endeavour lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday, leaving LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:22 PM EDT (19:22 UTC). After a flawless ride uphill, Endeavour separated from Falcon 9’s second stage and opened its nosecone. This exposed the spacecraft’s docking port as well as an array of Draco maneuvering thrusters, and began the nineteen hours of tests and maneuvers to rendezvous with the ISS.last_img read more

England, Germany, Spain book tickets in FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

first_imgNEW DELHI,: UEFA have confirmed that England, Germany and Spain will represent Europe in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be played in India in 2021.The final round of UEFA U-17 Women’s Championship has been cancelled because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Three teams with the highest coefficient ranking have been confirmed as the participants in the World Cup. These three teams will join India, Korea DPR, Japan and New Zealand – who have already qualified for the tournament slated to be held from February 17 to March 7 next year. Meanwhile, Asia’s upcoming qualifying matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup have been postponed to next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic which has wreaked havoc across the entire world. “In light of the current COVID-19 situation in many countries, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have jointly decided that the upcoming qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, originally scheduled to take place during the international match windows in October and November 2020, will be rescheduled to 2021,” AFC said in a statement on Wednesday. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Dr Dinesh Tyagi, CEO, CSC SPV With Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Indian Premier League Aggression makes Warner a dangerous batsman: Yusuf Pathan

first_img New Delhi: The simmering ‘aggression’ of David Warner has found its release in the ongoing IPL and his desperation to play well on comeback makes him a dangerous batsman says his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate Yusuf Pathan. Warner and Steve Smith were banned by Cricket Australia for a year for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year. On road to redemption, Warner has hit a purple patch, scoring two half-centuries and an unbeaten century in the four matches he has played.”A successful batsman is the one who comes back after a big match and scores again in the next. There is a lot of aggression inside Warner which is helping him play so well. It is reflecting in his batting even after not playing for a year he has the aggression to do well. Such aggression makes him a dangerous batsman,” Pathan told PTI in an interview. highlights David Warner is currently the highest run scorer in IPL 2019. Yusuf Pathan has played two solid innings in four games played. Sunrisers Hyderabad currently occupies the top spot in points table. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “He is focussed and determined. Watching him bat is so entertaining. It’s great for us and it’s a plus point for Australia to have him perform like this ahead of the world Cup,” Pathan added.On his own preparation for IPL this season, Pathan, who switched sides from KKR to SRH last season, said playing in domestic tournaments has given him ample match practice.”I have been competing in a lot of tournaments before heading into the IPL. Syed Mushtaq Ali, Vijay Hazare etc. There were matches the entire season so I was in the loop. I got to focus on areas I wanted to work on. Playing regularly the entire season helps with match practice, it was very advantageous,” said Yusuf, who also runs the Cricket Academy of Pathans.With three IPL titles and a World Twenty20 trophy to his name, the 36-year-old is a veteran in the format and Yusuf says he relies on his experience to do well.”I try to use my experience from the 12 years I have played in the IPL. T20 is a very short format so you just have to be mentally strong, have to back the team and your game.””Matches change in 1-2 overs, one minute the team is in control the other minute it can be losing so I am working to adapt quickly to the match situation and help my team.”Although, Pathan is yet to bowl this season, the off-spinner said he’s been working with SRH bowling mentor Muttiah Muralitharan.”Murali sir observes us closely during net practice. He has advised me on where my foot should be while delivering the ball, how long I should hold the ball.”When you are in the game, you don’t always realise what are the areas you need to work on. But he keeps on repeating it so it’s engraved in my mind,” the all-rounder said.Sunrisers’ consistent top order comprising the explosive duo of Warner and Jonny Bairstow have seldom burdened the the middle-order with responsibility. However, Yusuf is prepared to help his side out at crucial junctures.”It’s great that the top-order is firing for us but I am ready for the situation in which my team needs me to pull them through. Against Rajasthan we were at a ball-to-ball situation, loss of a wicket there would have turned the match away from us I knew my wicket was important. I have also batted up the order when the team needed me to.”SRH bank heavily on their foreign line-up in all departments. However, the 2016 winners may face a depleted foreign line-up should they progress to the playoffs as  Warner, Bairstow and the Afghan duo of Mohammed Nabi and Rashid Khan may leave the tournament early, owing to national commitments.”SRH isn’t the only team which will miss its foreign players. All eight franchises have such players and the team management has prepared well for that situation. We have good players to replace them. Yes, will miss players who are playing consistently but we are confident we will manage well,” Pathan said.Meanwhile, the second of the doubleheader will be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians have won both their matches in the lead up to their crucial encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday, April 6th. With Sunrisers sitting pretty at the top of the table and Mumbai aiming to bridge the gap, the stage is set for a cracking encounter.(With Inputs)last_img read more

Badgers dominate RPI in opening weekend

first_imgAnd they’re back.While they are a very different squad from 2008-09’s national championship squad, the women’s hockey team has a new energy and new confidence about them that was missing a year ago when head coach Mark Johnson and some of UW’s top players left for the Olympics.This new energy helped lift the Badgers to 13 goals on their season opening weekend to beat the RPI Engineers Friday and Saturday night at the Kohl Center.If there’s any indication of how different this team feels this year, look no further than Hilary Knight’s first goal Saturday night, only 33 seconds into the first period.“I think we just caught them off guard, we have a little bit of speed, luckily I hit the post and it went in,” Knight said. “Some games you have it, some games you don’t. Fortunately for us we had it and the games where you get that lucky bounce and it goes in or that pass is supposed to be a pass, but it ends up turning into a goal.”Knight may have scored the winning goal in the first 33 seconds, but she wasn’t done for the night quite yet. Of the Badgers six goals Saturday night, Knight scored two and assisted on three.Knight gave a taste of why she was part of a silver-medal Olympic team last year and is helping give the Badgers new life this season.“She was the best player out on the ice tonight,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “It didn’t matter where she was playing, she had the jump and the bounce and everybody got a chance to see why she is a special player.”“She’s been bringing a ton of energy on the ice and off the ice,” sophomore defenseman Saige Pacholok added. “She’s a good impact player, works hard all the time, always heads up. She’s a real good impact on our team and we love having her back.”The offense may have been strong Saturday night – producing a total of 31 shots on goal – but the defense and goaltending also impressed.Freshman goaltender Alex Rigsby started in her first game facing only ten shots, not letting a single one past her. In her first start of her collegiate career, getting the shutout was the perfect way to start things off.“It was a big thing getting the shut out and getting the first game out of the way,” Rigsby said. “It feels really good to have it be a shut out and I look forward to the next game.”Wisconsin closed off their opening weekend with a strong, dominating style – the same with which they started the season.Scoring in the first 33 seconds was nice, but it only took 15 on Friday night.Seconds after the puck was dropped, junior forward Carolyne Prevost netted her first of two goals on the night. Prevost really can’t remember the last time she scored a goal that quickly.“Not since I was probably little, like Tiger hockey,” Prevost said. “That was a fast goal. That was probably one of the fastest I’ve had in the past couple of years. It was right off the faceoff, it was a quick D-to-D pass and I think it was [Geena Prough] looked up and hit [Brianna Decker] who was splitting both defense and I saw that happening and I just started going.”Not only does their line have good chemistry, the whole Badger offense was clicking on the ice.In the 7-0 win Friday all three lines scored in the first five minutes of the game.“The one thing we have is some kids that can get the puck in the net,” Johnson said. “We put lines together, looking for chemistry. But it’s a work in progress, we just starting the foundation.”Wisconsin is used to having an Ammerman help light up the score board. On Friday night, instead of junior forward Brooke, litter sister and freshman forward Brittany found the back of the net twice in the first game of her collegiate career.“It’s a great way to start off college,” Brittany Ammerman said. “Every freshman is nervous, but they’re also excited to get that first shift out of their system, then they’re good to go. Once you put the puck in the net, I don’t think it gets much better than that, then times it by two, it’s impressive.”UW outshot RPI 62-21 on the weekend leading UW to completely shut out RPI. Wisconsin is off to a strong start this season and found its goal-scoring touch early.“Like I say, when the horn’s going off that’s usually a good sign.” Johnson said.last_img read more