Investment in the electric transmission grid to replace aging facilities, modernize technologies, expand and integrate renewable energy such as offshore wind can be a major economic driver. One study forecasts an increase in transmission investment from $7-10 billion/year in the 2020s to as much as $40 billion/year between 2030 and 2050 to satisfy new electric loads and to accommodate the changing generation mix. For every $1billion in investment,13,000 new jobs are created. Another study suggests that a planned transmission approach can save $1.1B in the New England region alone. What are the barriers and how do we overcome them to kick starting a focus on the Grid? This panel originally took place at the WIRES Conference in September, our panelists will give an update and share their perspectives on how offshore wind fits into this important discussion.