A Michels Pacific Energy used a Blackhawk helicopter to replace two wooden power poles with two metal ones atop a hill at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Pismo Beach, CA. Once the new poles were installed, the crew moved the conductors from the old structures to the new ones
A Michels Pacific Energy crew replaces a switch pole in Burlingame, CA

A Michels Pacific Energy crew drives along the Pacific Coast Highway near Monterey, CA to respond to an emergency call.

Strengthening and building infrastructure on the West Coast

Energy-Focused Solutions

Michels Pacific Energy, a member of the Michels Family of Companies, combines a dedicated team of industry-leading talent with sophisticated equipment to build, update and maintain the Western United States’ energy infrastructure.

Power Transmission & Distribution: Michels Pacific Energy uses specialized equipment and trained crews to build and maintain power transmission and distribution lines up to 500kV. Our crews are equipped for new construction and repairs of overhead and underground systems in all types of terrain and conditions.

Helicopter Work: We routinely work with aviation contractors on hard-to-reach job sites and have an extensive history successfully completing projects with material and manpower deliveries utilizing Human External Cargo methods.

Emergency & Storm Response: We provide experienced, dedicated crews to safely restore normalcy to the lives of your customers. Pre-negotiated contracts allow our crews to get to work quickly.

Substations: Michels Pacific Energy provides a full array of services related to substation projects from greenfield and brownfield to substation extension projects. Many of our projects are designed by and constructed for our utility customers. In addition, we also work with several developers and engineering firms to build EPC projects.

Renewables: We have extensive experience in solar and wind projects. Our crews specialize in generation tie line construction, underground and overhead collection line systems.

Gas Transmission & Distribution: Michels Pacific Energy constructs and maintains natural gas distribution and transmission systems in California. We use conventional and trenchless methods to complete complex projects in urban and rural areas for customers and communities. Our crews focus on safety, innovation, quality, communication and efficiency to build safe, reliable assets. We support existing lines with integrity testing and maintenance programs. Our gas distribution crews are experienced at installing, maintaining and replacing steel and polyethylene products. To provide comprehensive, cohesive services, gas distribution work is performed on individual projects as well as under master service and blanket agreements.

Safety-Conscious Construction: We have an experienced and robust training department, excellent safety record, and practice leading work methods. Michels Pacific Energy strives to collaborate with our clients to work on lines in service, minimizing outages and disruptions in service to their customers.

  • Unparalleled reputation for reliability, value engineering and customer satisfaction
  • Focused on safety, quality and communication
  • Efficient in all types of conditions
  • High-quality performance

Alternative Delivery: Our network of engineering partners and buying power leverage allows us to succeed on Engineer-Procure-Construct and Design-Build delivery method contracts.

Construction Excellence: Michels Pacific Energy is committed to performing safe, reliable, value-driven work to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations. Depending on project needs, we self-perform all aspects of work or collaborate with subcontractors who share our vision and values.

Leadership: Ben Nelson is President of Michels Pacific Energy. Ben has more than 25 years of experience in the West Coast energy industry. Prior to being named president of Michels Pacific Energy, Ben was Michels Vice President of Western Operations from 2013 to 2019. From 2001 to 2013, he was Vice President of Operations at Pilchuck Contractors before and after it became a wholly owned subsidiary of Michels.

Michels Pacific Energy updates the power infrastructure in San Diego, CA.

2200 Laurelwood Rd #100, Santa Clara, CA 95054