After the local homeowners association rejected his proposal, Joey Myles became a solar advocate at the state legislature.
The waste-sorting operation would produce material that could be turned into an energy feedstock by customers.
The utility was scheduled to file its latest 20-year integrated resource plan in Indiana on July 1.
States with weaker policies are still seeing clean energy job growth thanks to changes within traditional industries.
NIPSCO wants to greatly reduce what its five largest customers pay for power while increasing residential fees.