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 12, 2018

New pump labels in EU provide clarity on biofuels content

The EU introduced a new, harmonized set of fuel labels Oct. 12 to give drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles. The labels will help avoid misfueling and inform drivers, according to the European Commission. READ MORE

October 04, 2018

Keystone Biofuels director pleads guilty to biodiesel tax fraud

David Tielle, business development director of Pennsylvania-based Keystone Biofuels, pleaded guilty Oct. 3 in federal court to one count of conspiring to defraud the IRS, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He faces five years in prison. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

EU biodiesel stakeholders urge commission to reconsider duties

An important meeting of the Trade Defence Instruments Committee looms Oct. 3 at the European Commission, one for which European biodiesel advocates are calling on member states to raise the issue of reinstating tariffs on Argentine biodiesel. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

BDI-BioEnergy restructures to adapt to changing times, markets

Biodiesel technology firm BDI-BioEnergy International has recently completed organizational restructuring. Management tells Biodiesel Magazine that, as a result, it is better equipped for the future and to react more quickly to market changes. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

10 years in, So. Carolina biodiesel producer expands, diversifies

Winnsboro, South Carolina-based Green Energy Biofuel, formerly known as Midlands Biofuels, has acquired an idle 40 MMgy biodiesel plant in Warrenville, South Carolina. The 10-year-old company is rapidly expanding and diversifying its offerings. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

EPA updates RFS data to include refinery exemptions, RIN prices

The U.S. EPA has updated its Renewable Fuel Standard public data web pages to include the number of small refinery exemption petitions received, approved and denied each compliance year; and the weekly average price and volume of RINs traded. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Exploring Biodiesel series adds 2 new dates, venues

Previously dubbed "Five Cities, One Vision," the Exploring Biodiesel (XBX) regional seminar series has added two new cities to its coast-to-coast tour—Newport, Rhode Island, on Sept. 24; and Syracuse, New York, on Sept. 27. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Pacific Biodiesel subsidiary launches natural sunscreen product

A wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Biodiesel, Maiden Hawaii Naturals, has introduced Kuleana Sunscreen, a natural, reef-safe product. Made from plant-based oils, minerals and other natural ingredients, the sunscreen contains no harmful chemicals. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

UK biodiesel producer Greenergy makes major int'l investments

U.K. biodiesel producer Greenergy has just acquired Singapore-based used cooking oil exporter Rexon Energy. The acquisition comes less than two months after purchasing an idle biodiesel facility in Amsterdam from Oiltanking Amsterdam B.V. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Neste completes acquisition of Dutch animal fat trader IH Demeter

Neste's acquisition of 51 percent of the shares and controlling interest in animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V., first announced in May, is now complete. The former owners remain co-owners and the new name of the company is Neste Demeter B.V. READ MORE