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

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

March 04, 2015

Wyo. imposes 24-cent-per-gallon tax on alternative fuels

Wyoming Gov. Matthew H. Mead recently signed a bill (HB0009) into law imposing a fuel tax on previously exempt alternative fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol. The new rate of taxation on alternative fuels beginning July 1 is 24 cents per gallon. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

EU biofuels policy winner is petroleum

The European Parliament's Environment Committee passed a draft law Feb. 24 capping first-generation biofuels at 6 percent of transportation energy consumption by 2020 READ MORE

February 24, 2015

Plant built by Pacific Biodiesel up for online auction Feb. 24-26

A 2.5 MMgy multifeedstock biodiesel plant built by Pacific Biodiesel is being sold in an online auction by West Auctions, with bids being accepted 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Feb. 24 through 10 a.m. PT Feb. 26. The courts ordered the plant to be sold. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

Access the experts behind a revolutionary biodiesel process

Register now for a free webinar on the latest biodiesel process technology: Continuous Enzymatic Processing READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Indonesia ups biodiesel subsidy from 45 cents per gallon to $1.19

The Indonesian House of Representatives has approved an increase in the nation's biodiesel sales subsidy from Rp 1,500 per liter to Rp 4,000 per liter (44.7 cents per gallon to $1.19 per gallon), down 30 cents from the energy ministry's proposal. READ MORE

February 05, 2015

Hundreds of Dubai municipal vehicles to fuel up with biodiesel

Neutral Fuels LLC and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement for Neutral Fuels to supply biodiesel for use in hundreds of Dubai's municipal vehicles. The deal may amount to the delivery of up to 2.5 MMgy of biodiesel from UCO. READ MORE