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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- An effort to scale back a 2007 law requiring North Carolina electric utilities to generate more of their power through alternative sources and locate energy savings appears to face a long road toward passage.

A House commerce subcommittee narrowly approved Wednesday the bill that would cap renewable energy and efficiency requirements by power companies at half the level the law ultimately demands. It also would end the requirements at the end of 2018.

Bill sponsor Rep. Mike Hager of Rutherfordton says the change would end what are essentially subsidies for renewable energy industries that are ultimately paid for by utility customers. But some of his fellow Republicans opposed the changes, which were approved in an 11-10 vote.

The measure still must go through three committees to reach the floor.

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