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

September 23, 2016

Biodiesel tax credit positioning intensifies as expiration nears

With a contentious election and the end of the legislative year looming, stakeholders are stepping up measures and urging Congress to renew or reform key tax incentives. U.S. biodiesel producers want reform while others support the status quo. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Celebrating a major biodiesel anniversary in Vienna

Austria-based BDI-BioEnergy International celebrated its 20-year anniversary in Vienna in mid-September, and Biodiesel Magazine was there READ MORE

September 21, 2016

EU court annuls tariffs against Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel

The General Court of the European Union has annulled antidumping measures imposed three years ago on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports. The court made its ruling Sept. 15 in five separate judgements addressing cases brought by six companies. READ MORE

September 14, 2016

High Plains Bioenergy acquires former Blue Sun Biodiesel plant

Seaboard Foods subsidiary High Plains Bioenergy has acquired the former Blue Sun Biodiesel plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. The facility has been renamed HPB-St. Joe Biodiesel and will produce 28 MMgy when running at full capacity. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

REG's biodiesel sales volume hits new heights in August

Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced Sept. 13 it sold more than 50 million gallons of biomass-based diesel last month, a first in the company's history. REG has 12 active biorefineries across the U.S. and an expansive distribution network. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

RSB reaccredited weeks after EU court slams certification system

The European Commission recently reaccredited RSB's EU Renewable Energy Directive sustainability program. The re-recognition came just weeks after the EU Court of Auditors said the EU certification system for sustainability is not fully reliable. READ MORE

September 09, 2016

Biodiesel blending in Germany rose considerably in June

The German government reported that biodiesel demand for blending amounted to 61 million gallons in June, the largest monthly quantity in more than a year. The total biodiesel volume blended in the first half of 2016 was 330.2 million gallons. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs major climate bills into law

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two major climate bills into law Sept. 8, SB 32 and AB 197. The new laws require the state to cut emissions at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and invest in communities hardest hit by climate change. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

Select stations in Finland to sell 100 percent renewable diesel

Neste plans to sell 100 percent renewable diesel at select stations in Finland come January. The company says the product launch is one way it plans to participate in the centennial celebration of Finland's independence from Russia in 1917. READ MORE

September 07, 2016

The biofuels event of the fall

Christianson & Associates' Biofuels Financial Conference Oct. 17-18 in Minneapolis is tailored for both biodiesel and ethanol producers READ MORE