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

August 15, 2019

Neste introduces IMO 2020 fuel, announces new US partnership

Neste Corp. announced it will introduce a new fuel, Neste Marine 0.5, in the fourth quarter of this year, helping shippers comply with the IMO 2020 sulfur cap of 0.5 percent. The company also announced a partnership with McCall Companies in Oregon. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Brazil’s ANP approves B15, raises minimum biodiesel level to 11%

Brazil’s National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) announced Aug. 6 it has approved the sale and use of B15 and that, come Sept. 1, it is increasing the minimum biodiesel content required in diesel fuel from 10 to 11 percent. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

EU tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel welcomed with caution

The EU Commission recently decided to introduce temporary countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Indonesia. Germany’s UFOP warns that a slowdown of imports must not lead to European biodiesel producers using palm oil as feedstock instead. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

REG closing 15 MMgy biodiesel plant in New Boston, Texas

Renewable Energy Group Inc. is closing its 15 MMgy biodiesel plant in New Boston, Texas, which the company acquired in 2012. REG is closing the multifeedstock facility due to challenging business conditions and continued federal policy uncertainty. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

Australian biodiesel plant reopens under new ownership

The former Australian Renewable Fuels plant in Barnawatha, Victoria, a 13.2 MMgy biodiesel facility, has restarted operations under the new ownership of Just Biodiesel Pty Ltd. ARF shut down the plant and filed bankruptcy more than three years ago. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

Job No. 1

In his editor's note from the Summer 2019 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba discusses the contents of the issue and the importance of fuel quality. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

Diesel’s Fuel Quality Imperative

Advancements in diesel engine technology require a critical look at diesel fuel quality issues. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

Quality Solutions

Biodiesel Magazine profiles seven companies and organizations dedicated to improving biodiesel fuel quality and providing coproduct, feedstock collection and retail solutions. READ MORE

June 28, 2019

Victory Renewables opens biodiesel blending facility in Kansas

An open house was held June 25 in Garden City, Kansas, to celebrate Victory Renewables’ new biodiesel blending facility. The site stores both diesel and biodiesel fuels, allowing suppliers to load biodiesel in concentrations of 5 to 100 percent. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

5 MMgy Missouri biodiesel plant set for auction July 23

Maas Companies will auction Global Fuels’ 5 MMgy biodiesel plant located in Dexter, Missouri, July 23. The Global Fuels facility was built in 2007 and has since undergone a technology upgrade allowing use of feedstock with FFA content to 15 percent. READ MORE