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Survey Could Pave The Way For Offshore Wind Power In Virginia

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Virginia's coast is just one area targetted by a collaboration between the Department of Energy's wind program and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
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Virginia's coast is just one area targetted by a collaboration between the Department of Energy's wind program and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Virginia is beginning a geological survey of a patch of the Atlantic Ocean that could become an offshore wind farm supplying energy for half a million homes.

This is part of a chain reaction of events designed to accelerate the development of offshore wind. The State of Virginia and the Department of the Interior are funding a geological survey of 24 square miles of ocean floor near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay to figure out what engineers need to know in order to install offshore turbines. 

Offshore turbines are generally more of a technical challenge than land based turbines.

After the ocean floor is surveyed, Dominion Virginia Power will build two experimental six megawatt wind turbines about 22 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.  The utility won a $4 million grant from the Department of Energy, and may get nearly $50 million more from the federal government as the project moves forward. 

The plan is to test out breakthrough technologies around the country that will bring down the cost of offshore wind energy.

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Exhibit Shows Dolores Huerta's Life As Part Of The 'Backbone' Of America

The exhibit about the United Farm Workers activist is the first in the National Portrait Gallery's "One Life" series to be devoted to a Latina.

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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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