Virginia launches online registration for voters

Virginians can register to vote online under legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly.

To register, residents must provide their state Department of Motor Vehicles customer number, which is displayed on driver’s licenses and state IDs. Those without a driver’s license or state ID can complete the application online, then print the form and take it to a local voter registration office. For information, visit

Fairfax County receives awards for several programs

Fairfax County received three National Association of Counties 2013 Achievement Awards, which recognize effective and innovative programs that contribute to county government.

The Government Center stream restoration project was awarded “best in category” for environmental protection and energy. The project included a stream restoration and pond improvement effort on county property. The public/private partnership provided habitat improvements and public education opportunities.

The county also was recognized for the Park Authority’s Class and Summer Camp Summits and a library storytime adapted for autistic children. The summits helped park staff members evaluate programs and monitor customer feedback.

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties also announced the winners of the 2013 Digital Communities Survey, which recognizes leading examples of counties using information and communication technology. Among counties with at least 500,000 residents, Fairfax tied for third place with San Diego County. Montgomery County was first.

Eight companies may bid for offshore wind rights

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

The land is about 23 nautical miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. It has the potential to support more than 2,000 megawatts of wind-generated electricity, enough to power about 700,000 houses. According to the announcement, these companies may bid: Apex Virginia Offshore Wind, Dominion Virginia Power, Energy Management, EDF Renewable Development, Fishermen’s Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, Sea Breeze Energy and Orisol Energy U.S.