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 17, 2014

Bitter-sweet holiday gift for biodiesel industry

The reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit for 2014 is a welcomed gift but one that leaves much to be desired READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Senate passes tax extenders; biodiesel credit to be reinstated

The U.S. Senate passed the tax extenders package that the House passed earlier this month, which includes the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit. The BTC will be stated retroactively back to Jan. 1, and is good only through Dec. 31 of this year. READ MORE

December 12, 2014

45 MMgy Canadian biodiesel plant assets up for sale

The facility features Desmet Ballestra production technology, 8.5 million liters of on-site storage capacity and a rail/truck terminal to service 12 to 14 railcars per day. KPMG is the receiver. Bids must be received by 10:00 a.m. Jan. 7. READ MORE

December 10, 2014

The White House climate change paradox

The White House recognized climate change champions, one for its use of biodiesel, yet the administration has created a situation with RFS uncertainty that is stifling biodiesel producers from maximizing their ability to help combat climate change READ MORE

December 04, 2014

House votes to extend biodiesel tax credit through 2014

In a vote of 378 to 46, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a short-term tax extenders package (HR 5771) Dec. 3 that would reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive retroactive to its expiration on Jan. 1, 2014, through the end of this year. READ MORE

December 03, 2014

USDA's advanced biofuel payments: Who's getting what?

A detail of payments to biodiesel producers after USDA's announcement that it was granting $5.6 million to advanced biofuel producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, plus quotes from select biodiesel producers about their payments READ MORE

December 03, 2014

Washakie Renewable Energy expands biodiesel production capacity

Plymouth, Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy is doubling its biodiesel production capacity from 20 MMgy to 40 MMgy. Production at the plant is currently down while additional reactors, settling capacity and a water-wash column are being installed. READ MORE

December 02, 2014

Novozymes' Eversa enzymatic biodiesel solution ready for market

After working with a handful of biodiesel producers over the past several years to prove out its technical and economic viability, Novozymes is making its Eversa enzymatic processing solution commercially available to the biodiesel industry. READ MORE

December 01, 2014

JM Davy earns prestigious award for reactive distillation process

The team at Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies was recognized at the prestigious annual IChemE Awards last month by winning the Sustainable Technology Award for its development of a reactive distillation process for biodiesel production. READ MORE

November 24, 2014

Giving thanks to biodiesel supporters

Top 10 ways to show your gratitude for biodiesel supporters; plus a note about the January/February issue of Biodiesel Magazine, being distributed in registration handbags at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Fort Worth, Texas READ MORE