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State launches online voter registration

Virginians now can register to vote online, as the result of legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly. In order to register online, Virginia citizens need to provide their DMV customer number, which is displayed on driver’s licenses and state ID cards.

Those without a driver’s license or state ID can still complete the application form online but will be required to print the form and bring it in to a local voter registration office.

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County earns recognition for several programs

Fairfax County recently received three National Association of Counties 2013 Achievement Awards. These awards are designed to recognize effective and innovative programs that contribute to and enhance county government.

The Government Center stream restoration project was awarded Best in Category in the category of Environmental Protection and Energy. This water quality project included a stream restoration and pond retrofits on county property. The effort was a public/private partnership that provided habitat improvements and public education opportunities.

The county also was recognized for a library storytime program adapted for children on the autism spectrum and the Park Authority’s Class and Summer Camp Summits. The summits are a mechanism for park staff to quickly evaluate programs and view customer feedback.

The Center for Digital Government and NACo also announced the winners of the 2013 Digital Communities Survey, which recognizes leading examples of counties using information and communications technology. Fairfax was tied for third place with San Diego County, Calif. Montgomery County, Md., placed first in the survey.

Offshore wind rights up for auction

The U.S. Department of Interior announced this week that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will auction about 112,800 acres of land off the coast of Virginia for wind energy development. The auction will take place Sept. 4.

The land is located about 23 nautical miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, according to the announcement. It has the potential to support more than 2,000 megawatts of wind-generated electricity, which is enough to power about 700,000 homes.

Eight companies are qualified to participate in the bidding, according to the announcement:

• Apex Virginia Offshore Wind, LLC

• Virginia Electric and Power Company (“Dominion Virginia Power”)

• Energy Management, Inc.

• EDF Renewable Development, Inc.

• Fisherman’s Energy, LLC


• Sea Breeze Energy, LLC

• Orisol Energy U.S., Inc.