Updated: 01/27/2014 1:45 PM
Created: 01/27/2014 6:59 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
Xcel Energy has lifted conservation appeals caused by three natural gas pipelines that were knocked out by an explosion in Canada, the company said.
At around 10:00 a.m., the company said Minnesota and North Dakota customers could return thermostats to normal temperatures and use natural gas appliances again.
The Minneapolis-based utility was still asking Wisconsin residents to conserve by turning down heat and avoiding using appliances that burn natural gas, but then gave them the okay to return to normal natural gas usage at noon.
Spokeswoman Mary Sandok says it's clear customers responded when the conservation appeal went out following the explosion Saturday.
The call for conservation came just as much of the territory confronted another stretch of bitter cold.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.