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 30, 2016

Post-2020 EU biofuel reduction bad for environment, farmers, jobs

The European Commission issued its proposal for the post-2020 RED. The EU plans to reduce first-gen biofuels from 7 to 3.8 percent. Biodiesel interests say this is a victory for fossil fuels at the expense of farmers, jobs and the environment. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

GAO RFS reports paint incomplete picture of advanced biofuels

The GAO issued two reports on how the RFS is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing GHG emissions and expanding advanced biofuel production. The biofuel industries can attribute this shortfall back to the federal government in various ways. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

New chemical enhances biodiesel, ethanol production

BASF is introducing a new version of its Lutropur brand of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) with higher active concentration for multiple applications in biodiesel and ethanol processing. BASF's new Lutropur MSA-XP features 94 percent active concentration. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

How a 19% higher advanced biofuel RVO is an 83% growth opportunity for biodiesel

With the 2017-'18 final RFS RVOs out, undifferentiated advanced biofuels are growing from 353 million biodiesel-equivalent gallons in 2016 to 646 million gallons in 2017, which means an 83 percent growth opportunity for biodiesel in this category READ MORE

November 23, 2016

Final 2017-'18 RFS rule: Advanced biofuel RVO grows at 19 percent

U.S. EPA released its final RVO rule Nov. 23. Advanced biofuel is up 19 percent from 3.61 billion gallons in 2016 to 4.28 billion gallons in 2017, and up 280 million gallons from its proposal, while biomass-based diesel for 2018 is up 100 million. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Biodiesel's presence in future EU policy revealed in leaked draft

A leaked draft of annexes from the EC's revised Renewable Energy Directive shows that fuels produced from food or feed crops, such as sustainable biodiesel from rapeseed oil, will continue to serve a role in the post-2020 EU transport fuel sector. READ MORE

November 21, 2016

Renewable diesel powers Hamburg airport's heavy-duty ground fleet

Renewable diesel will power heavy-duty vehicles in Hamburg airport’s ground fleet, complementing other alternative energies used on-site, making it the first major international airport to replace all fossil fuels with renewables in its entire fleet. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

Strategic review of REG Life Sciences activities authorized

Renewable Energy Group Inc.'s board of directors authorized a review of strategic alternatives for its Life Sciences subsidiary, which develops renewable chemicals and fuels with its proprietary microbial fermentation process. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

CWS to buy Western Biodiesel plant, convert to renewable diesel

Cielo Waste Solutions has agreed to buy the former Western Biodiesel plant in High River, Alberta, near Calgary. Once the purchase is complete, CWS plans to scale up its thermal catalytic depolymerization technology there to produce renewable diesel. READ MORE

November 16, 2016

Another planned biodiesel plant acquisition

As biodiesel M&A activity spikes this year in the U.S., a Canadian plant acquisition is now in the works READ MORE