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 20, 2018

EPA updates RFS data to include refinery exemptions, RIN prices

The U.S. EPA has updated its Renewable Fuel Standard public data web pages to include the number of small refinery exemption petitions received, approved and denied each compliance year; and the weekly average price and volume of RINs traded. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Exploring Biodiesel series adds 2 new dates, venues

Previously dubbed "Five Cities, One Vision," the Exploring Biodiesel (XBX) regional seminar series has added two new cities to its coast-to-coast tour—Newport, Rhode Island, on Sept. 24; and Syracuse, New York, on Sept. 27. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Pacific Biodiesel subsidiary launches natural sunscreen product

A wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Biodiesel, Maiden Hawaii Naturals, has introduced Kuleana Sunscreen, a natural, reef-safe product. Made from plant-based oils, minerals and other natural ingredients, the sunscreen contains no harmful chemicals. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

UK biodiesel producer Greenergy makes major int'l investments

U.K. biodiesel producer Greenergy has just acquired Singapore-based used cooking oil exporter Rexon Energy. The acquisition comes less than two months after purchasing an idle biodiesel facility in Amsterdam from Oiltanking Amsterdam B.V. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Neste completes acquisition of Dutch animal fat trader IH Demeter

Neste's acquisition of 51 percent of the shares and controlling interest in animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V., first announced in May, is now complete. The former owners remain co-owners and the new name of the company is Neste Demeter B.V. READ MORE

August 31, 2018

Pacific Biodiesel receives grant for equipment, facility upgrades

Pacific Biodiesel has received grant funding from the Hawaii Technology Development Corp. to help reimburse recent facility upgrades and equipment purchases at its biodiesel plant on the big island of Hawaii and waste oil collection center on Oahu. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

Swiss authorities nix Neste biojet fuel project at Geneva Airport

The Swiss authorities have decided not to commit to a biojet fuel project with Neste Corp. announced last year, which would have replaced 1 percent of the conventional jet fuel used at Geneva Airport with renewable jet fuel made by Neste. READ MORE

August 27, 2018

Several RIN, tax credit fraud cases move through courts in August

Three biodiesel-related cases have made justice department headlines in August, including an indictment against Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy executives for allegedly scheming to file more than $500 million in false tax credit claims. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

Senators urge EPA to boost RFS volumes, account for exemptions

A group of 39 U.S. senators is urging the U.S. EPA to increase volume obligations for biodiesel and overall advanced biofuels while also advising the agency to ensure any small refiner economic hardship exemptions are appropriately accounted for. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

Inspiration Moves Me

In his Editor's Note from the Summer 2018 print issue of Biodiesel Magazine, Editor Ron Kotrba discusses the contents of the latest edition and how the stories came to be. READ MORE