MINNEAPOLIS -- Xcel Energy is announcing a new program that will forgive past-due bills for those who have fallen significantly behind due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Payment Plan Credit Program is funded by Xcel Energy and will forgive up to 75% of their past-due balance when they enroll in a payment plan and stay current on that plan.

The program is designed to target residential electric customers who have between $1,000 and $4,000 in past-due charges.

To learn more about the program and other government assistance, log on to xcelenergy.com or call customer care at 1-800-895-4999.

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