Minnesota's 'cold weather rule' goes into effect Friday

The Minnesota Cold Weather Rule takes effect Friday. 

The rule prohibits utility companies form turning off the heat for customers behind on their bills as long as a payment plan is set up.

Due to expanded federal money, more than 600,000 Minnesota families are income-eligible for energy assistance—or one in every four households.

The rule will be in effect from Oct. 1 through April 30, 2022.