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

October 21, 2016

M&A transactions help define current US biodiesel era

For better or worse, the U.S. biodiesel industry continues to consolidate. While 2014-'15 has been a rough period in the sector, the fallout has presented undeniable opportunities for key players with strong balance sheets and keen business acumen. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

BDI strengthens US market position as Crimson upgrades completed

BDI-BioEnergy International's RetroFit technology is behind the upgrades and expansion at Crimson Renewable Energy's Bakersfield, California, biodiesel plant, which held an unveiling ceremony showcasing the facility's new capabilities this month. READ MORE

October 19, 2016

US to import more than 800 million gallons of biodiesel in 2016

Last year the U.S. imported about 670 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel, a record that is soon to be broken, according to Larry Schafer, co-founder of legislative advocacy group Playmaker Strategies LLC and senior advisor to the NBB READ MORE

October 19, 2016

NYC Mayor de Blasio signs biodiesel heating oil bill into law

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a major piece of legislation Oct. 18 that will significantly increase the volume of biodiesel in heating oil sold in within the city over the next two decades. Come 2034, B20 heating oil will be the standard. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

Report: Global FAME market to surpass $22 billion by 2021

A new report produced by India-based MarketsandMarkets indicates that the fatty acid methyl ester market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.1 percent from 2016-'21, equating to global market growth of $17.26 billion in 2016 to $22.13 billion in 2021. READ MORE

October 04, 2016

Biodiesel producer settles alleged major RFS violations

Hear the 30 MMgy Iowa-based biodiesel producer Western Dubuque Biodiesel's side of the story on its settlement with the government over some serious RFS and RIN violation allegations READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Minnesota prevails in lawsuit over state biodiesel mandate

In a Sept. 29 ruling by the United States District Court, a judgment has been issued in the lawsuit against four Minnesota state officials regarding implementation of the state's biodiesel mandate. The verdict is a victory for biodiesel. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

10-year anniversary videos offer unique glimpse inside REG

Renewable Energy Group Inc. is quietly celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a series of videos being released to commemorate the company's—and the biodiesel industry's—significant growth and maturation over the past decade. READ MORE

September 23, 2016

Biodiesel tax credit positioning intensifies as expiration nears

With a contentious election and the end of the legislative year looming, stakeholders are stepping up measures and urging Congress to renew or reform key tax incentives. U.S. biodiesel producers want reform while others support the status quo. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Celebrating a major biodiesel anniversary in Vienna

Austria-based BDI-BioEnergy International celebrated its 20-year anniversary in Vienna in mid-September, and Biodiesel Magazine was there READ MORE