Rookery South Community Energy Initiative


If you submitted a Registration Form by 28 June 2019 and were successfully registered, we have emailed (if an email address was provided) or written to you, to confirm your registration.

The Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at Rookery South Pit, a former brick clay extraction pit, is being developed near Stewartby in Bedfordshire. The ERF is a sustainable alternative to landfill, using household, commercial and non-hazardous industrial residual waste, left after recycling and composting efforts, as fuel to generate clean electricity. The facility will provide a vital outlet for the sustainable disposal of over 500,000 tonnes of residual waste per year and will generate over 60 megawatts of low carbon energy – enough electricity to meet the needs of 75,000 homes.

The developer, Covanta, is unable to directly supply low cost electricity to their neighbours, so they have committed to contribute £60 (in the first year and index-linked in the following years) towards electricity costs of designated domestic households in the Rookery Pit area via the Rookery South Community Energy Initiative.

The Rookery South Community Energy Initiative is a 35 year financial commitment by Covanta, subject to householders current and future eligibility, starting from commercial operation of the ERF (estimated 2022).

Covanta has appointed GrantScape Services Ltd to manage the Community Energy Initiative on its behalf.

Schools, not-for-profit organisations and residents of households (as at 31 December 2018) in the parishes of Brogborough, Cranfield, Houghton Conquest, Lidlington, Marston Moreteine, Millbrook, Stewartby and Wootton were invited to register for the Rookery South Community Energy Initiative.

Registration Forms had to be submitted by 28 June 2019.

We compiled a number of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, please view or download these below to find out more about the RSCEI.