Kody Heppner

Senior Power Systems Engineer

Academic Background

B.S., Electrical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2016

Professional Experience

Mr. Heppner is an engineering professional with over 6 years of experience in transmission planning, including managing and conducting numerous transmission system studies and projects for the Operations and Planning Horizons. Mr. Heppner has a strong technical background, expert knowledge of power system modeling and base case development and is well-versed in North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards related to transmission planning including TPL-001, TPL-007, FAC-010, and MOD-033. Mr. Heppner has experience managing and conducting system impact studies as well as developing operating nomograms and procedures.

Prior to joining USE, Mr. Heppner worked as a Senior Electrical Engineer at Turlock Irrigation District (TID), where he began his professional career in 2016. While employed by TID, Mr. Heppner performed a wide variety of transmission system planning studies and analyses including the TID annual 10-year transmission planning assessments and other associated studies. Mr. Heppner assisted in developing future transmission projects to ensure the long-term reliable operation of the TID transmission system. Additionally, Mr. Heppner performed seasonal studies, developed transmission system operating nomograms, evaluated the impact of generation and transmission outages, performed transmission system model validation studies, and provided on-call engineering support in support of TID electric system operations. Mr. Heppner represented TID as a potential affected system for several interconnection feasibility studies. Mr. Heppner has also represented TID as the lead engineer for an interconnection feasibility study where he was responsible for both performing and coordinating study work amongst the involved parties.

Mr. Heppner has continuing education units obtained via GE Energy Consulting in EPCL Programming and Engineering Analysis for Dynamic Stability.