Energy Secretary Edward Davey insists that there will not be a direct subsidy of new nuclear, but cannot say the cost will not end up with the taxpayer or consumer.
He says that the Horizon deal with Hitachi is "a real vote of confidence from foreign company" in the UK.
Spades will be in the ground at Oldbury and Anglesey in 2016 or 2017 at the very earliest.
More top news
Controversial columnist Katie Hopkins has described her fear that she may die during brain surgery to cure her epilepsy.
A funeral is to be held outside in the US state of Georgia for Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobbi Brown.
Experts have warned that Ash dieback's impact on millions of trees could have serious consequences for the landscape and wildlife.