Ron Kotrba

Ron Kotrba is Editor in Chief of Biodiesel Magazine, published by BBI International and based out of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Before becoming editor of Biodiesel Magazine in 2009, 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 DPFs, SCR units and lean NOx traps. Kotrba earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

Latest Posts by Ron Kotrba

January 16, 2020

IRS publishes guidance on claiming 2018-’19 biodiesel tax credit

The IRS published guidance Jan. 15 for companies seeking to claim the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit for 2018-’19. The IRS is providing a 180-day period for companies to claim retroactive tax credits, beginning Feb. 14 and ending Aug. 11. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

President Trump signs Phase 1 trade agreement with China

President Trump signed the Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China Jan. 15, a move expected to deescalate trade tensions between the two countries while reopening key markets for U.S. farmers. Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans remain in place. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

Coming Full Circle

Celebrating 25 years, the Hawaii-based company that has built biodiesel plants across the U.S. and Japan has gone back to its roots, focusing on sustainability and local energy independence for the archipelago. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

2020 Biodiesel Plant Map Reflections

Biodiesel Magazine highlights industry changes as discovered during the 2020 U.S. & Canada Biodiesel Plant Map data collection efforts. READ MORE

January 06, 2020

Innovations in Biodiesel Technology

New biodiesel process technologies continue to emerge, promising optimization of production through greater efficiencies and lower costs. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

EU produces a third of global biomass-based diesel output

Global biodiesel, renewable diesel and coprocessed renewable diesel production reached 41 million metric tons in 2018, or roughly 12.3 billion gallons, according to UFOP. The EU’s share was 34 percent, or approximately 4.2 billion gallons. READ MORE

December 20, 2019

Historic 5-year extension of biodiesel tax credit signed into law

The biodiesel industry achieved a monumental milestone Dec. 20 when President Donald Trump signed into law a new budget deal that includes an historic five-year extension of the $1 per gallon blenders tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

December 19, 2019

Trump’s EPA yet again hurts farmers, biofuels in final RFS rule

U.S. EPA released its final rule for the 2020 RFS and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2021. The agency is keeping biodiesel volumes flat while providing little surety that future small refinery exemptions will be properly accounted for. READ MORE

December 17, 2019

Biodiesel tax credit revival looks promising as deadline nears

As the Dec. 20 budget dealine nears to avoid a U.S. government shutdown, a revised amendment in the early morning hours of Dec. 17 would, if passed, extend the biodiesel tax credit retroactively from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2022. READ MORE

December 13, 2019

Swedish waste power plant upgrades burners to run on biodiesel

Waste power plant Renova in Sweden has switched its eight start-up and support burners to run on biodiesel made from rapeseed oil, thereby reducing its use of fossil fuel oil. The switch reduces CO2 emissions by 960 metric tons annually. READ MORE