A package of bills that would adjust the impact of a $7.6 billion subsidy aimed at keeping upstate nuclear power plants open cleared a committee hurdle on Tuesday in the Democratic-led Assembly,

One bill, backed by Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, would cap the amount a utility ratepayer pays toward the subsidy at 25 cents a month.

Another would have the Public Service Commission adjust the cost of the Zero Emissions Credit so that it reflects proportional benefits a region receives from the plants.

And a third bill would address ratepayers who have purchased their power through renewable sources and exempt them from being forced to pay for the cost of the credit program.

The bills represent the first step in an effort by lawmakers to address the subsidy, which was introduced in order to prevent a nuclear plant in central New York from closing.

The measures clearing the Assembly Energy Committee was cheered by the coalition of advocacy groups opposed to the subsidy, which was contained in a broader plan backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would shift the state’s energy sources to renewable fuels over the next several years.

“We applaud the Assembly for slashing the hit New York ratepayers are taking as a result of this bad deal,” said Blair Horner, executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, and a leader in Stop The Cuomo Tax. “We urge the same action in the Senate.”