By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Xcel Energy announced that the Minnesota Cold Weather Rule will be taking effect Friday.

The rule protects residential customers from service disconnection — if the disconnection would affect the customer’s primary heating source — from Oct. 1 through April 30, 2022.

Customers who receive a disconnection notice are advised to immediately contact their utility and set up a payment plan.

“Income-eligible customers who contact Xcel Energy for Cold Weather Rule protection can establish plans to make monthly payments not to exceed 10 percent of household income,” Xcel Energy said in a statement. “Xcel Energy will also provide contact information for local community energy assistance programs.”

More information on the cold weather rule can be found here.

To learn more about the state’s programs to help keep your home warm this winter, click here.