As Spinwatch 17th July 2012 write: "The Coalition Agreement between the Tories and Lib Dems pledged to not subsidise nuclear power. Despite this, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Lib Dem Ed Davey, now seems to be prepared to bow to Treasury pressure and kill off the onshore wind industry, whilst pretending the Government is not planning to subsidise dangerous new reactors. Greenpeace calculates that the onshore wind subsidy that the Treasury is so concerned about amounts to about £20 million per year. This rather puts EDF’s demand for £2.8 billion a year into perspective. All this had led some to question the rationality of The Treasury, which seems to be contemplating hiking consumers’ energy bills to support an industry with a dreadful record of delivering on time and budget, whilst at the same time killing off one of Britain’s most successful industries. Doug Parr, Chief Scientist at Greenpeace tweeted that the Treasury was “Not rational - if they aren't sane how can we trust them with the nation’s finances?”
There was also a letter in The Times 18th July 2012 fromWWF & Greenpeace: "The news that EDF is demanding very high guaranteed power prices for its proposed new nuclear stations is unsurprising. The costs of nuclear power are going up not down. Every new wave of nuclear power has failed to deliver on initial cost estimates, the latest examples of this being £2.7 billion cost overruns at Flamanville, France and £2.6 billion at Olkiluoto, Finland. Paying £165/MWh for power from Hinkley Point would make new nuclear more costly than either onshore or offshore wind."
An extensive review rpublished by the Crown Estate shows that the costs of offshore wind, currently being built at about £140/MWh, will fall rapidly as the technology matures, reaching about £100/MWh by the 2020s. This is completely at contrast with what EDF claims re wind. Ecotricity meanwhile tweeted: "A cut of 25% would be a declaration of war by the government on the renewable energy industry."