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

July 03, 2020

Pushing Through the Pandemic

Several U.S. biodiesel producers share their experiences during the height of the coronavirus crisis, painting a picture of the industry’s health during these uncertain times. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

US biodiesel production down slightly in April, soy oil use rises

U.S. production of biodiesel fell by 8 million gallons in April as lockdowns amid the health crisis strengthened. Soybean oil feedstock use rose, however, while DCO and yellow grease consumption fell as ethanol producers and restaurants closed. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

Iowa governor signs bill extending biofuel tax differential

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation June 30 that extends the tax differential for higher blends of biodiesel and ethanol. She also announced an additional $7 million in federal funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

Circular-economy partnership formed in the Netherlands

Used cooking oil (UCO) from McDonald’s Netherlands will be turned into renewable diesel by Neste, and then the fuel will be used to power HAVI trucks that both collect UCO from and deliver goods to McDonald’s restaurants in the Netherlands. READ MORE

June 15, 2020

REG releases its 1st environmental, social and governance report

Renewable Energy Group, North America’s largest biodiesel producer whose active annual U.S. production capacity approaches half a billion gallons from nine biodiesel facilities and one renewable diesel plant, has released its first-ever ESG report. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

US biodiesel production picks up slightly in March over February

U.S. production of biodiesel ticked up slightly in March over February despite the onset of lockdowns from the coronavirus pandemic that began to take hold in the U.S. that month, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

Bakersfield retrofit to use Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology

Global Clean Energy Holdings’ Bakersfield Renewable Fuels project will produce approximately 230 MMgy of renewable diesel from GCEH’s proprietary camelina oil and other renewable feedstocks using Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex process technology. READ MORE

June 08, 2020

Bipartisan group of House members demands Trump deny RFS waivers

Forty-four bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Trump demanding that his administration uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard by denying recent requests to waive the 2020 RFS volumes. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Oil refinery retrofit secures $365 million in capital partnership

Orion Energy Partners, GCM Grosvenor and Voya Investment Management have formed a capital partnership worth $365 million with Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, which plans to retrofit an existing Southern California oil refinery to make renewable diesel. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

WDB ‘running like gangbusters,’ implements distancing measures

“We had to make changes to how we load trucks, and how we deal with drivers and even our own employees,” said Tom Brooks, general manager of Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley, Iowa. “A lot of changes have been made because of the coronavirus.” READ MORE