Donohue, the power plant trade group president, said re-firing power plants is important, but the state needs to ensure its power grid remains diversified. Abandoning coal and making a major shift toward natural gas could cause problems down the line, he said.
“Unfortunately, I am very fearful that we as a country and we as a state are not taking on an incredible over-reliance on natural gas,” Donohue said. “Natural gas is important, no question about it, but if everything is built by natural gas, in X number of years when gas prices are (up) like they were in ’08, people are going to say, ‘Oh my God, why are my charges going up?'”