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 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

April 06, 2015

Cause of fires at REG Geismar, Viesel Fuel under investigation

Last week, Renewable Energy Group's renewable diesel plant in Geismar, Louisiana, and Viesel Fuel's biodiesel facility in Stuart, Florida, both suffered devastating fires that are currently under investigation, according to the two companies. READ MORE

March 25, 2015

German biodiesel exports, imports up in 2014

Germany's biodiesel imports increased by more than 2.5 percent in 2014, while exports were up nearly 6 percent READ MORE

March 24, 2015

ASTM releases B20 heating oil specifications

D396-15a adds parameters for stability and allows a slightly higher distillation temperature for the blends, the same changes included in the D7467 specification passed by ASTM in 2008 for 6 to 20 percent biodiesel in on- and off-road diesel fuel. READ MORE

March 09, 2015

US biodiesel production, import/export data for 2014

Details from the EIA's 2014 U.S. biodiesel production and feedstock survey results, and parsing out the year's import/export data compared to 2013 READ MORE

March 06, 2015

Constructing a Full-Service Vision

In the early stages of project development, startup company SG Preston has big plans for renewable diesel and its brand. Formed in 2012, the company has four business units: biomass, wood pellets, bioenergy and biofuels. READ MORE