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

December 03, 2019

Evonik to expand sodium methylate capacity in Rosario, Argentina

Chemical company Evonik will increase its production capacity for the biodiesel catalyst sodium methylate at its Rosario/Santa Fe facility in Argentina from 60,000 to 90,000 metric tons. The increased capacity will be built out in two stages. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Neste, Mantsinen Group to combat social exclusion among youth

Renewable diesel producer Neste and crane maker Mantsinen Group are working together to tackle social exclusion of impoverished youths living in developed countries. One in five children in developed countries lives in poverty, according to UNICEF. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

Ohio company TestOil offers new biodiesel content analysis test

Ohio-based oil analysis company TestOil announced Nov. 25 a new test to determine the biodiesel content in conventional diesel fuel. The test was developed in response to requests by industrial customers. TestOil offers same-day results for the test. READ MORE

November 25, 2019

Rep. Escobar to visit Rio Valley Biofuels plant in El Paso, Texas

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, co-sponsor of the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act (H.R. 2089), is scheduled to visit Rio Valley Biofuels, a biodiesel production facility in El Paso, Texas, on Nov. 26. Escobar serves Texas’ 16th District. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

GREEN Act includes extension, phaseout of biodiesel tax credit

Rep. Mike Thompson, chairman of a House Ways and Means subcommittee, released a discussion draft of the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now Act, which includes a multiyear extension and eventual phaseout of the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

Indiana biodiesel producer falls victim to US policy uncertainty

Integrity Biofuels, a 6.4 MMgy multifeedstock biodiesel production facility in Morristown, Indiana, is the latest victim of congressional inaction on the lapsed biodiesel tax credit and an administration whose EPA is undermining the rule of law. READ MORE

November 13, 2019

66 industry associations ask Congress to act on tax extenders

A diverse group of 66 different trade associations representing industries as wide-ranging as realty, veterinary medicine, biofuels and railroads sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Nov. 11 asking them to act on a tax extenders package. READ MORE

November 13, 2019

Malaysian hotel group partners for conversion of UCO to biodiesel

Sunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian conglomerate Sunway Group, announced a partnership Nov. 12 with FatHopes Energy to recycle its used cooking oil into biodiesel. Six of Sunway’s Malaysian properties are participating. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

SeQuential finalizes expansion, increases biodiesel production

SeQuential, the Oregon-based biodiesel producer in operation since 2005, has completed an expansion at its Salem plant increasing production capacity by 30 percent. The current run-rate of the plant is more than 1 million gallons a month. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Biodiesel industry states its case at US EPA hearing in Ypsilanti

Biodiesel producers and association staff testified Oct. 30 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at the U.S. EPA’s public hearing on the supplemental proposal for meeting volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard issued by the agency Oct. 15. READ MORE