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

November 16, 2018

Green Energy Biofuel receives 2018 Project of the Year Award

The South Carolina Biomass Council held an award ceremony Nov. 15 on the grounds of its 2018 Biomass Project of the Year Award recipient, Green Energy Biofuel, in Warrenville. Green Energy Biofuel won the award in recognition of its new GEB3 plant. READ MORE

November 15, 2018

Renewable diesel made up 10 percent of Calif. diesel supply in Q2

The net supply of renewable diesel to California's fuel market reached 100 million gallons during the second quarter of this year, topping 10 percent of the total diesel supplied to the state in the quarter, according to a report from the U.S. EIA. READ MORE

November 13, 2018

60 organizations sign tax extenders letter to Congress

A group of 60 organizations representing diverse business, energy, transportation, real estate and agriculture sectors has sent a letter to leaders in U.S. Congress on the pressing need to address the tax provisions that expired at the end of 2017. READ MORE

November 06, 2018

Diamond Green Diesel approves major expansion to 675 MMgy

On the heels of completing a major expansion project at its renewable diesel production facility in Norco, Louisiana, from 160 MMgy to 275 MMgy, Diamond Green Diesel will add another 400 MMgy of production capacity expected to come online in 2021. READ MORE

November 06, 2018

Clariant, Neste partner to develop biobased industrial solutions

Neste Corp. and Clariant have signed an agreement to partner in developing and making new sustainable material solutions accessible to a variety of industries. Clariant will start by making ethylene and propylene from Neste's renewable diesel. READ MORE

October 26, 2018

As fuel prices rise, biodiesel production margins widen

Crude oil prices recently reached a four-year high, helping drive up biodiesel fuel prices and improve biodiesel manufacturing margins. Information from Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft mbH shows biodiesel prices are up 22 percent since spring. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Issues of the Day

From his Editor's Note, Ron Kotrba highlights the contents of the Fall 2018 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine in the political context of what has ensued this autumn on Capitol Hill. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

The Complex Dynamics of Coprocessing

While oil refiners adding a small percentage of renewable feedstock to their operations sounds simple, the political, economic, technical, societal and market consequences are anything but. READ MORE

October 23, 2018

Consultative Expansion

Biodiesel Magazine spotlights a producer whose recent acquisition fulfills increased feedstock demand, a consulting firm that assists in market entry and production efficiencies, and the expansion of one of today's fastest-growing biodiesel refiners. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

West Coast biodiesel consolidation: Crimson acquires SeQuential

Calif.-based biodiesel maker Crimson Renewable Energy has acquired Ore.-based producer and UCO collector SeQuential. Crimson gains feedstock supply options for its Bakersfield plant and expands its ability to supply biodiesel to West Coast customers. READ MORE