Updated at 11:30 pm Wednesday
An effort to freeze the percentage of retail electricity sales North Carolina utilities must create through renewable sources and efficiency efforts has passed the state House.
Lawmakers in the House gave final approval Wednesday to their version of the annual "regulatory reform" bill, which also includes a provision conservation groups argue will discourage solar project construction.
The measure sets the retail sales percentage at 6 percent. A 2007 law has it growing to as high as 12.5 percent.