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

April 20, 2017

German biodiesel exports for 2016 revised up slightly

German biodiesel exports in 2016 increased by 4.8 percent over the previous year, to 1.56 million metric tons, according to German government data. This is up from the export tally originally announced in March, which was 1.54 million tons. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

California ethanol mill to build novel biodiesel refinery on-site

Pixley, California-based Calgren Renewable Fuels has received a notice of proposed award from the CEC to help fund construction of a supercritical biodiesel plant on-site. Calgren Renewable Fuels is working with technology company Jatrodiesel Inc. READ MORE

April 03, 2017

EIA releases US biodiesel production, import data for January

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its data on biodiesel production and import volumes for January. U.S. production of biodiesel in the first month of 2017 was 93 million gallons. January imports approached 22 million gallons. READ MORE

April 03, 2017

Biodiesel plant manager launches petition to reform US tax credit

Phillip Harden, a biodiesel plant manager in Mississippi, is doing his part to bring attention to the need for reinstating the expired $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit, and for reforming the incentive so that only domestic producers are eligible. READ MORE

March 28, 2017

8 biodiesel, 4 renewable diesel LCFS pathways certified in March

California Air Resources Board recently released a set of carbon intensity (CI) pathways for fuels certified under the readopted LCFS. Eighteen pathways have been certified in March, including eight for biodiesel and four for renewable diesel. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

Groups take predictable sides as US biodiesel trade war develops

Just hours after the NBB filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition claiming Argentine and Indonesian companies violate trade laws by flooding the U.S. with dumped biodiesel, other groups began taking sides in the developing trade war. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

US biodiesel production, imports strong despite lapsed tax credit

EMTS data show biomass-based diesel volumes associated with D4 RIN generation in January and February approached 265 million gallons, surpassing last year's volumes when the credit was in effect. Of that, more than 82 million gallons was imported. READ MORE

March 21, 2017

2017-'18 RVOs assumed intact as regulatory freeze deadline passes

March 21 represents the end of the 60-day freeze period on new regulations pending review, implemented by the incoming U.S. administration Jan. 20. While EPA has been radio silent, stakeholders welcome implementation of RVOs finalized last November. READ MORE

March 17, 2017

Biox explores renewable diesel production in Sombra, Ontario

Canada-based biodiesel producer Biox is exploring co-locating a renewable diesel production facility next to the 50 MMly biodiesel plant it purchased from Methes Energies last year in Sombra, Ontario. Biox is working with Forge Hydrocarbons Corp. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Registration open for 2017 biodiesel round robin test

Germany's biodiesel quality management association (AGQM) and the mineral oil and fuels standards committee have begun registration for their annual round robin test for biodiesel and rapeseed oil fuel for 2017. Registration is open until April 7. READ MORE