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

July 22, 2016

New report evaluates vehicle GHG, fuel economy program

The government's draft technical assessment report, a midterm evaluation of the national program for GHG emissions and fuel economy standards for light-duty cars and trucks, predicts 2025 standards are attainable with a wide range of technologies READ MORE

July 20, 2016

Enzymatic biodiesel plant in St. Joseph, Missouri, sold

Ocean Park Advisors announced July 20 that its client, Terra Biodiesel Holding LLC, closed the sale of its biodiesel plant located in St. Joseph, Missouri, to an undisclosed strategic buyer. OPA acted as exclusive advisor to Terra Biodiesel Holding. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

Biodiesel catalyst supplier commissions L-lysine plant in Brazil

Specialty chemicals company and biodiesel catalyst supplier Evonik Industries AG has commissioned a new fermentation plant in Brazil to produce 80,000 metric tons of its Biolys-branded L-lysine, an amino acid used as an animal feed additive. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

Canadian, Quebec governments invest $76.5M in bio-oil facility

The governments of Canada and Quebec announced in July they will provide a combined $76.5 million in funding to AE Cote-Nord Bioenergy Canada Inc. for the production of renewable fuel oil from forest residues at its Port-Cartier facility. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

40-plus groups call on Congress to end tax breaks for Big Oil

In a letter to U.S. legislators, a diverse coalition of environmental, veterans, labor, renewable fuels and social justice groups is challenging Congress to repeal nearly $4 billion a year in taxpayer subsidies given to Big Oil. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

Bill intro'd in Senate to reform, extend tax credit through 2019

A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to extend the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2019 and restructure the incentive from a blenders credit to a domestic production credit. The bill mirrors House legislation introduced in May. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

No stabilizers pass no-harm test for bio heating oil

None of the stabilizers examined in AGQM's first-round of no-harm tests for biodiesel-blended heating oil passed READ MORE

July 06, 2016

Carlsbad, California, city fleet fueling with renewable diesel

Carlsbad, California, is now fueling its city diesel fleet with Propel Diesel HPR (High Performance Diesel), a fuel produced by Neste and specially formulated and distributed by Propel Fuels that consists of 98.5 percent renewable diesel. READ MORE

July 06, 2016

Brazil's Ubrabio, RSB partner to promote sustainable biodiesel

The Brazilian Biodiesel and Biojetfuel Union (Ubrabio) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials have joined forces in discussions and decision-making processes to promote sustainability in Brazil's biofuels and biomaterials production chain. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

CARB releases set of biodiesel, renewable diesel LCFS pathways

California Air Resources Board released a set of carbon intensity (CI) pathways June 30 for biodiesel and renewable diesel pathways certified under the readopted low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) regulation using the CA-GREET 2.0 model. READ MORE