While U.S. coal companies and more than a dozen state governments are mounting challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s higher restrictions on carbon emissions from power plants, the wind is blowing another way for most electric utility companies, The Wall Street Journal reports. Electricity producers including Ohio’s FirstEnergy Corp, Dynegy Inc. in Houston, and Dominion Resources in Virginia “say they plan to comply rather than contest the regulation,” according to the article. The reasoning is simple: price. “Price is a larger force in electricity markets today than what Washington is doing with regulations,” said Todd Carter, president of private-equity investor and generating plant developer Panda Power Funds. The shale boom has made natural gas abundant and cheap, and converting from coal to natural-gas generation can “cut carbon-dioxide emissions by between 50% and 60% for each megawatt hour of electricity produced, according to the [EPA],” the Journal reports. Renewable energy is also “more financially attractive” to utilities; a recent Energy Department survey “found that utilities paid 66% less for wind power purchased under long-term contracts in 2014 than 2009, making it extremely competitive with electricity from the latest gas-fired plants.” For more, read the full article.