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

August 26, 2016

No compromise of LCFS in new California climate bills

The California State Senate and Assembly passed what are being hailed as a pair of groundbreaking climate bills, SB 32 and AB 197, which Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to sign. The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition said the bills keep the LCFS intact. READ MORE

August 24, 2016

An in-depth review of the National Advanced Biofuels Conference

The National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo, co-located with the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop, took place this summer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This in-depth review covers the event's technical sessions on biojet, biogas and biodiesel. READ MORE

August 24, 2016

Biodiesel-fueled power on Oahu draws nearer

The U.S. Army and Hawaiian Electric Co. finally broke ground on a new 50-megawatt power plant on the island of Oahu that will run on both conventional fuels and biodiesel READ MORE

August 18, 2016

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance seeks qualified auditors

To help keep costs down, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance wants to develop a nationwide database of regional resources for certification candidates. The organization is requesting CVs from qualified auditors across the country to accomplish this. READ MORE

August 15, 2016

New small device tests biodiesel percentage in 60 seconds or less

The new Estercheck instrument by U.K.-based Stanhope-Seta Ltd. uses micro mid-range infrared built into a handheld measurement platform. With a three-step test procedure, results are gained in less than 60 seconds with accuracy down to 0.2 percent. READ MORE

August 11, 2016

Sacramento County fleet to run on renewable diesel

Following the California cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Carlsbad, Sacramento County is also making the switch from petro to renewable diesel for its heavy-duty fleet. More than 400 public works and specialty vehicles are involved. READ MORE

August 10, 2016

Sustainability certifications 'not fully reliable' says EU court

A recent report from an EU court says achievement of the 10 percent transport target may be questionable as statistics might be overestimated because member states could report biofuels as sustainable when its sustainability was not verified READ MORE

August 02, 2016

New Zealand's first commercial biodiesel plant prepares to open

Z Energy, a $26 million biodiesel processing facility in New Zealand, has begun the commissioning phase at its 5.3 MMgy plant in Wiri, Auckland. On Aug. 2, the company received its first feedstock delivery. Production is expected by month's end. READ MORE

August 01, 2016

German biodiesel quality at best it's ever been

AGQM released its annual report on the biodiesel quality of its members for 2015. The organization stated that, for the first time in its history, all biodiesel samples analyzed were on spec and met the requirements of DIN EN 14214. READ MORE

July 22, 2016

New report evaluates vehicle GHG, fuel economy program

The government's draft technical assessment report, a midterm evaluation of the national program for GHG emissions and fuel economy standards for light-duty cars and trucks, predicts 2025 standards are attainable with a wide range of technologies READ MORE