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

April 18, 2019

Pacific Biodiesel eyes California as federal, local support wanes

As the U.S. biodiesel sector pushes forward in an unsupportive federal environment, producers like Pacific Biodiesel find it necessary to operate outside their norm to continue operations. Pacific Biodiesel is considering shipping fuel to California. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

Neste expands partnership with city of Oakland, California

Neste announced an expanded partnership with the city of Oakland, California, in which waste oil from the city is being collected and shipped overseas to Singapore for processing into renewable diesel, after which Neste will ship the biofuel back. READ MORE

April 16, 2019

Biodiesel more cost competitive under Canada’s new carbon tax

Canada’s federal government implemented a carbon pollution tax on fuels this month, and while the tax means consumers and truckers will pay more for fossil fuels at the pump, it also means higher biodiesel blends are becoming more cost competitive. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

Balancing Act

In his Editor’s Note from the Spring 2019 print edition, Kotrba discusses the writing process as it relates to development of his most recent feature article on biodiesel feedstock—“Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?” READ MORE

April 04, 2019

Spotlight: Adding Value Across the Board

Spotlighting the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, which championed the nation’s first biodiesel mandate as a way to add value to surplus soybean oil, and RPS, whose co-located biodiesel process adds 12 cents a pound to ethanol producers’ DCO. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?

As a new wave of large-scale biomass-based diesel projects develops, experts suggest market forces are ready to deliver the necessary fats, oils and greases. READ MORE

March 28, 2019

Registration open for annual AGQM, FAM biodiesel round robin test

Germany’s biodiesel quality association AGQM and the mineral oil and fuel standardization committee FAM launched this year’s round robin tests for biodiesel, vegetable oil and used cooking oil. The tests have been conducted for more than a decade. READ MORE

March 27, 2019

Grants available for Minn. bioenergy/biochemical pilot projects

Applications are being accepted in Minnesota for the AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant to provide funding for advancing a bioenergy or biochemical production technology beyond bench or proof-of-concept scale toward commercial scale. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

US soy leaders push for trade, biodiesel on Capitol Hill

Although lawmakers were not in session, soy growers met with legislative staff on Capitol Hill to push for completion of the USMCA trade agreement, implementation of the Farm Bill and reinstatement of the lapsed biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

Minn. celebrates 17 years since biodiesel mandate was enacted

March 15, 2002, was a landmark day for biodiesel. Seventeen years ago, Minnesota enacted the nation’s first biodiesel mandate, which went into effect in 2005. Today, 20 percent biodiesel is required in all No. 2 diesel sold April through September. READ MORE