Ron Kotrba

Ron Kotrba is Editor of Biodiesel Magazine, published by BBI International and based out of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Before becoming editor of Biodiesel Magazine, Kotrba was senior writer for all of BBI International’s publications, writing for the company since January 2005. Prior to that, Kotrba was an advanced engineering laboratory technician for an OEM exhaust supplier and was involved in developmental work on diesel aftertreatment systems such as diesel particulate filters, urea SCR and lean NOx traps. Kotrba earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

Latest Posts by Ron Kotrba

May 23, 2017

Minnesota Biodiesel Task Force to meet June 9 on B20 mandate

Minnesota's Biodiesel Task Force is scheduled to meet June 9 in the capital city of Saint Paul to discuss whether statutory conditions have been met in order to move Minnesota's biodiesel mandate from 10 to 20 percent on May 1, 2018. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Branstad confirmed as ambassador, Reynolds new governor of Iowa

Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a longtime champion for biofuels who has served the state as its chief since 2011, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be Iowa's 43rd governor. READ MORE

May 18, 2017

SunPower Biodiesel plant, retail stations to be auctioned off

An auction will be held mid-June that includes a 3 MMgy biodiesel plant and equipment, and other related items. Maas Companies will be holding the auction June 15 at 10 a.m. at the former SunPower Biodiesel LLC site in Cumberland, Wisconsin. READ MORE

May 17, 2017

Trump order prompts biodiesel advocates to submit comments to EPA

Biodiesel advocacy groups such as the National Biodiesel Board and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association submitted comments to the U.S. EPA in response to an executive order by President Donald J. Trump aimed at reducing burdensome regulations. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Enzymatic biodiesel project under development in Georgia

Tactical Fabrication LLC and The Smisson Group of Macon, Georgia, have formed a biodiesel joint venture, Smisson-Mathis Energy LLC, to retrofit an existing, idled biodiesel production facility in Laurens County, Georgia, with enzymatic technology. READ MORE

May 08, 2017

Western South Dakota welcomes new biodiesel blending facility

The South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council announced that a new biodiesel blending facility has opened in Box Elder, South Dakota, near Rapid City, which will make using biodiesel much easier in the western part of the state. READ MORE

May 05, 2017

US moves one step closer to tariffs on biodiesel imports

The USITC announced May 5 it has made unanimous affirmative determinations in its preliminary phase antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, meaning the investigation will move forward. READ MORE

May 03, 2017

US biodiesel production up slightly, imports spike in February

U.S. biodiesel production in February was up 1 million gallons from January, according to EIA data. Combined U.S. imports of biodiesel and renewable diesel totaled more than 33.43 million gallons, up more than 50 percent over January's imports. READ MORE

May 02, 2017

French researcher honored with 2017 Glycerine Innovation Award

Christophe Len, full Professor at the Université de Technologie Compiègne – UTC (France), has won the 2017 Glycerine Innovation Award, sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute and National Biodiesel Board and presented at the AOCS annual meeting. READ MORE

April 30, 2017

Senate bill introduced to extend, reform US biodiesel tax credit

U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, introduced a bipartisan bill to renew the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit for three years and to reform it from a blenders incentive to a domestic producers tax credit. READ MORE