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

May 29, 2015

EPA RFS proposal gives biodiesel a modest trajectory of growth

The U.S. EPA finally issued its long-awaited volume proposals for the RFS. The proposal calls for 1.63 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel for 2014, 1.7 billion gallons for 2015, 1.8 billion gallons for 2016 and 1.9 billion gallons for 2017. READ MORE

May 20, 2015

A new era of predictability for US biodiesel

Don't miss this free opportunity to hear the latest news about 2014-'17 RFS volumes and other pressing policy matters from Joe Jobe of the NBB, along with market perspectives from three innovative biomass-based diesel project developers READ MORE

May 05, 2015

Dumeignil honored with 2015 Glycerin Innovation Award

Dr. Franck Dumeignil, a professor at Lille University in France, has been honored with the 2015 Glycerin Innovation Award for his work to overcome industrial processing issues for mass production of high-value chemical products from glycerin READ MORE

May 05, 2015

Algae.Tec delivers PBR to Reliance's Jamnagar oil refinery

Algae.Tec announced May 5 that is has shipped its first algae photobioreactor to Jamnagar province in India as part of its contract with Reliance Industries to build an 84-gallon-per-day pilot plant at the world's largest oil refinery. READ MORE

April 28, 2015

Parliament votes to approve EU biofuels cap, provides closure

The European Parliament voted April 28 to approve the 7 percent cap on first-generation biofuels, providing a degree of closure to the long-debated measure. European biofuel trade associations now want talks to focus on post-2020 policy. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

Biodiesel wholesaler Amerigreen celebrates 10-year anniversary

Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Amerigreen Energy Inc., a domestic fuel and biodiesel wholesaler, is celebrating 10 years in business, and as the company has matured, it's had to change with the times. But Amerigreen has never wavered from its roots. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

Minnesota B10 lawsuit: Big Oil's new, old angle

A new lawsuit in an old Big Oil agenda seeks an end to Minnesota's B10 biodiesel mandate; the latest tactic in a long history of opposition to change and market share erosion READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Total to convert oil refinery to renewable diesel production

To curb financial losses, French oil company Total announced plans to invest $216 million to convert its La Mede oil refinery in southern France to a renewable diesel facility that will produce up to 500,000 tons per year (more than 160 MMgy). READ MORE

April 08, 2015

The renewable fuel, RIN 'custody' debacle

With the addition of the word custody in a proposed EPA amendment to the sulfur rule, confusion abounds as concerned parties speculate the number of required RFS registrants could double or triple as a result READ MORE

April 08, 2015

Unique Oakland biodiesel project receives $3.4 million grant

Viridis Fuels, a 20 MMgy biodiesel project in Oakland, California, is being awarded a $3.4 million grant to build its project. The company intends to build America's most visible biodiesel plant at the foot of the heavily traveled Bay Bridge. READ MORE