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 19, 2017

California legislators extend LCFS, cap-and-trade programs

With a bipartisan, two-thirds supermajority vote, California legislators passed AB 398, extending the cap-and-trade and LCFS programs from their initial end date in 2020 through 2030. The extension will help foster greater biodiesel growth. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

Bill intro'd to extend, phase out biodiesel blenders tax credit

Under the proposed legislation to extend and phase out the biodiesel blenders tax credit, the value for the incentive would be $1 per gallon in 2017-'18, 75 cents in 2019, and 50 cents in 2020-'21. The tax credit would sunset Dec. 31, 2021. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

American Soybean Association CEO nominated as deputy ag secretary

American Soybean Association CEO Steve Censky has been nominated by U.S. President Trump to serve as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at USDA. Censky has led the ASA as CEO since 1996. Censky worked at USDA under Reagan and Bush in various roles. READ MORE

July 06, 2017

Whole Energy receives grant to research estolides from biodiesel

West Coast biodiesel distributor and glycerin refiner Whole Energy Fuels Corp. has been awarded a federal SBIR grant for $100,000 to study whether a lower-cost pathway is possible to manufacture estolides, a type of lubricant, from biodiesel. READ MORE

July 06, 2017

Oh resigns from REG, Howard appointed interim president, CEO

Longtime leader of Renewable Energy Group Inc., Daniel J. Oh, resigned from his position as president and CEO July 3. Biodiesel Magazine spoke with newly appointed interim president and CEO Randy Howard on Oh's departure and REG's new leadership. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

RFS proposal limits US biodiesel from full potential

The 2018 biomass-based diesel RVO was set last year at 2.1 billion gallons, precisely where EPA proposes to keep it for 2019. EPA also proposes to lower the advanced biofuels category from 4.28 billion gallons this year to 4.24 billion in 2018. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

4 biodiesel stabilizers added to AGQM's no-harm list

Germany's AGQM has added four biodiesel oxidation stabilizers to its no-harm list of additives following completion of its 11th no-harm test round. The four antioxidants added to the list are Xtendra BL100 and BL200, Baynox Ultra, and Pachem-BL. READ MORE

June 29, 2017

North Dakota oil refinery plans to co-process renewable diesel

A Tesoro oil refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, has plans to co-process renewable feedstock along with regionally sourced Bakken crude oil to produce a 5 percent renewable diesel blend. Construction is planned for October with start-up in December. READ MORE

June 29, 2017

US biodiesel group seeks more options to curb Argentine imports

The NBB can make a request for a finding of critical circumstances. If granted, this would allow the U.S. government to retroactively impose duties on imports up to 90 days prior to the commerce department's preliminary determinations. READ MORE

June 27, 2017

Arkansas-based Solfuels USA begins trial production of biodiesel

Solfuels USA LLC, a 40 MMgy multifeedstock biodiesel facility in Helena, Arkansas, successfully began trial production June 17, said CEO Henri Bardon. The former Delta American Fuel plant was purchased by a Singapore-based joint venture last year. READ MORE