"Low-carbon times" refer to specific periods during which the carbon intensity of the electricity grid is at its lowest. This means that during these times, a larger portion of the electricity being supplied to the grid comes from renewable or low-carbon energy sources, such as wind, solar, or hydroelectric power, as opposed to high-carbon sources like coal or natural gas.
In the context of the platform, these periods are identified by analyzing the grid's hourly emission intensity. When this intensity is lower than average, it suggests a higher presence of cleaner energy sources in the grid mix. By shifting flexible electric loads to these low-carbon intervals, facilities can significantly decrease their overall emissions. The platform's visual aids, like graphs and charts, can highlight these intervals, enabling users to easily spot and leverage these low-carbon opportunities for energy consumption.