Samir Snagic, Executive Manager, Komunlano Brcko accepts the USEA 2016 Project of the Year Award.  

Komunalno Brcko, the distribution utility for the Brcko district in Bosnia & Herzegovina; Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories of Pullman, Washington and the United States Agency for International Development partnered to install automated distribution management equipment for two small villages in Brcko. The pilot was designed as a proof of concept for the entire region of Southeast Europe. The project resulted in a 51% reduction in the number of outages and a 58% reduction in the duration of outages during the first year.  The results indicate the project has the potential to reduce outages, reduce maintenance costs, and improve social welfare in Southeast Europe region if it were to be replicated and scaled up region-wide.