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

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

March 09, 2017

US EPA gives Genscape extension to respond to notice of intent

U.S. EPA has granted Genscape Inc. an extension to respond to the agency's Jan. 4 notice of intent to revoke the company's ability to verify RINs as a third-party auditor under the RFS QAP. The company now has until April 18 to respond to EPA. READ MORE

March 08, 2017

New Leaf Biofuel plans to double biodiesel production capacity

San Diego-based biodiesel producer New Leaf Biofuel has been approved for a grant from the California Energy Commission for nearly $3.8 million, which will help fund an expansion project to double production capacity on-site from 6 MMgy to 12 MMgy. READ MORE

March 07, 2017

German biodiesel imports rise sharply, exports grow modestly

German biodiesel exports in 2016 reached approximately 463 million gallons, up 3.4 percent. Imports increased 38 percent to roughly 216 million gallons, the highest since 2012. U.S. imports of German biodiesel rose by nearly seven times. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

New 30 MMgy soy biodiesel plant slated for North Dakota

Minnesota Soybean Processors and its subsidiary North Dakota Soybean Processors are moving forward with plans to build a $240 million soybean crush facility and refinery in Spiritwood, North Dakota. The complex will include a 30 MMgy biodiesel plant. READ MORE