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 16, 2017

US biodiesel leadership sends RFS letter to President Trump

Executive leaders of the National Biodiesel Board have sent a letter to U.S. President Donald J. Trump on the 2018-'19 final rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard, which the White House Office of Management and Budget is currently reviewing. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

Pacific Biodiesel to supply fuel to new Schofield power plant

Hawaiian Electric Co. and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies signed a three-year biodiesel supply contract for the new 50-MW Schofield Generating Station, 8-MW Honolulu International Airport Emergency Power Facility, and other Oahu generation facilities. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

BDI to build RepCat biodiesel plant at Crimson Renewable Energy

One year after Austrian biodiesel engineering firm BDI completed upgrades at Crimson Renewable Energy in Bakersfield, California, including process optimization and expansion, the company announced another milestone project at the same facility. READ MORE

November 06, 2017

Germany consumed more UCO biodiesel last year than RME

Germany's Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) has published an evaluation and progress report for 2016 in which it shows that, for the first time, consumption of biodiesel from used cooking oil (UCO) exceeded that of rapeseed biodiesel (RME). READ MORE

November 02, 2017

Canada's 2017 Renewable Industries Forum deemed a success

The 2017 Renewable Industries Forum took place in Ottawa in October. The 14th annual event brought more than 100 experts from government, industry and academia together to address Canada's priorities in climate change mitigation and adaptation. READ MORE

October 30, 2017

Evonik increases price of potassium methylate biodiesel catalyst

Evonik Performance Materials GmbH recently announced a global price increase of 4 percent for its potassium methylate solution alkoxide, KM32, effective Nov. 1. The company stated, however, that all existing contracts will be honored. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt backs off biodiesel cuts in RFS

In a letter to U.S. senators, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced two important biodiesel-related developments in RFS rulemaking: cuts to biodiesel will not happen; and the agency will officially deny moving the point of obligation. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

Biodiesel and the Ever-changing Political Landscape

Industry stakeholders and legal experts discuss the recent RFS court ruling, the ongoing U.S. trade cases against Argentina and Indonesia, and the biodiesel tax credit in context of U.S. EPA’s Notice of Data Availability. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

State associations launch online petitions to stop EPA proposal

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and the California Biodiesel Alliance have launched online petitions to facilitate submitting comments to U.S. EPA to let the agency know it must grow, not cut, biodiesel volumes in the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

As Argentine imports loom, France's Saipol cuts biodiesel output

Major French biodiesel producer Saipol, a subsidiary of Avril, is cutting biodiesel production and rapeseed crushing activities in the wake of a recent decision by the EU to drastically lower antidumping duties on Argentine biodiesel imports. READ MORE