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RobEasterly

Senior Property Tax Consultant

"My extensive background and experience in the energy-generation industry helps me to recognize and obtain significant property tax savings for both existing and new clients."

Overview

Biography

A former real property manager for Brookfield Renewable Partners and other independent power producers with over 30 years of experience in the energy and utilities industry, Rob primarily focuses on property taxation, valuation, and mergers and acquisitions. He uses his civil engineering background and former operations and project experience with energy assets to offer clients a unique perspective on the valuation of generation facilities.

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Institute for Professionals in Taxation
  • NYS Assessors’ Association
Experience

Representative Experience

  • After many years of litigation, successfully negotiated a long-term settlement agreement involving six Upstate NY hydroelectric facilities, resulting in client savings exceeding $5 million.
  • Successfully negotiated a long-term PILOT agreement for two Upstate NY hydroelectric facilities, resulting in client tax savings exceeding $2 million.
  • Successfully negotiated a long-term settlement agreement for two Eastern NY hydroelectric facilities, resulting in client tax savings exceeding $3 million.
  • Successfully represented a fossil-fuel generator in New York City for over 10 years, incorporating refunds and assessment reductions that resulted in client savings exceeding $50 million.
  • Analyzed and projected potential New York City tax savings after presenting to a new client and obtaining authorization from the fossil-fuel generator, resulting in client savings exceeding $7 million.
  • Successfully negotiated a long-term settlement agreement for five hydroelectric facilities in New Hampshire, resulting in client savings exceeding $1 million.
  • Represented clients with acquisition studies, reviewing current generator operations and due-diligence documents. Assisted in the development of acquisition offers incorporating going- forward property-tax savings.
  • Handled the management, review, assessment reduction, negotiations, grievances, and litigation involved with 400+ parcels of property associated with the 88 hydro facilities in New York State and eight surrounding states.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Senior Property Tax Consultant
  • Brookfield Renewable/Brascan/Reliant Energy/Orion Power New York, Real Property Manager
  • Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, Budget Coordinator & Property Tax Liaison – Hydro Operations and Performance
  • Niagara Mohawk, Hydroelectric Facilities Project Manager

Selected Community Activities

  • Adirondack Club, President
  • Fabius-Pompey School District, Former Board of Education Finance Committee Chair

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