Ron Kotrba

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March 23, 2017

The Imports Cometh

U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect its own investments. READ MORE

July 06, 2016

Carlsbad, California, city fleet fueling with renewable diesel

Carlsbad, California, is now fueling its city diesel fleet with Propel Diesel HPR (High Performance Diesel). READ MORE

June 21, 2016

The Future of Freight

The primary mode of biomass transport—diesel power—continues to get cleaner and more efficient. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Former NBB CEO Joe Jobe launches new business consulting firm

For a generation, Joe Jobe, the former CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, has fostered the U.S. biodiesel industry from its fledgling infancy to bountiful maturation. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

Workhorses of the Woods

The Big Four equipment manufacturers in the forest harvesting space discuss product offerings and technological advancements to improve emissions, operator comfort and safety, productivity and efficiency. READ MORE

February 23, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Trucks approves use of renewable diesel

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has granted immediate approval for the use of HVO for its in-line six-cylinder engine variants of its OM 470, OM 471 and OM 936 as well as the in-line four-cylinder variants of the OM 934 meeting the Euro VI emissions standard. READ MORE

February 21, 2016

The Ultimate Biomass Heating Package

Via a contractual arrangement unique to biomass heat in the U.S., Wilton, New Hampshire-based High Mowing School replaced fuel oil with a biomass district heating system from Xylogen. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

Eni rolls out renewable diesel blend to 3,500 stations in Italy

Eni, the Italian oil major that converted its Venice oil refinery to a renewable diesel manufacturing plant, is rolling out its renewable blended product to 3,500 fuel stations across Italy this month. The fuel contains 15 percent renewable diesel. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

Defusing the Tinderbox

Cost-effective techniques to mitigate dust-related risks are available to less sophisticated wood pellet mills, where a lack of capital, education, code knowledge, and proper cleaning and maintenance protocols may exist. READ MORE

December 27, 2015

The Untold Upside of Low Oil Prices

Alternative energy companies typically prosper when oil prices are high, but it’s not all doom and gloom when the cost of crude nosedives. READ MORE